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Journal Article about the Model of Impact

A Model of the Impacts of Research Partnerships 
in Health and Social Services


Alliances have long been an important strategy for health promotion and community development. They are now becoming an important approach to generating research that is thought to have real-world relevance and easy applicability because of the involvement of community members. A comprehensive, dynamic model of community impacts of research partnerships in social or health services is presented. This process-oriented, systems model outlines three major domains of mid-term impact (Enhanced Knowledge, Enhanced Research Skills, and Use of Information) that correspond to the core functions of collaborative research partnerships discussed in the literature (i.e. knowledge generation, research education and training, and knowledge sharing). 

The model will assist research partners, intended recipients, and funders to understand and evaluate the real-world impacts of community-university research partnerships. The model provides research partnerships with a tool to demonstrate their accountability and to improve their operations and impacts, and evaluators with a tool to guide planning and evaluation efforts.

Reference for the Journal Article

Currie, M., King, G., Rosenbaum, P., Law, M., Kertoy, M., & Specht, J. (2005). A model of impacts of research partnerships in health and social services. Evaluation and Program Planning, 28, 400-412.

Instructions for Using the Animated Impact Model

  1. Once you have opened the Animated Impact Model, you will see a circle containing three functions of a Research Partnership: Knowledge Generation, Knowledge Sharing and Research Education and Training.
  2. To reveal the next ring of the circle, click on the grey title-bar at the top of each ring (for example, to expand the 2nd ring, click on the "Functions" button). The outermost ring is called: Long-Term Impacts.
  3. To view a definition, hover your mouse over top of a word (the definition of that word will appear in the bottom box).
  4. To view the ripple effect, click anywhere inside of a ring. You may want to click in several locations to get multiple ripples.
  5. To view the Impact Model "full screen", press the F11 key (press F11 again when done to return to normal view).
  6. If you have any difficulties in using the animated model, please contact:

Michelle Servais, 
Project Coordinator for the Impact Study
Research Program, 
Thames Valley Children's Centre
779 Base Line Road East, London, ON N6H 4R6
Phone: (519) 685-8680 ext. 54080
Email: Michelle.Servais@tvcc.on.ca

Required Program for Viewing Animated Model

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Animated Impact Model
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How to Reference the Animated Impact Model

Currie, M., King, G., Law, M., Rosenbaum, P., Kertoy, M., & Specht, J. (2003). A model of the types of community impacts of research partnerships. Available from www.impactmeasure.org

The Four CIROP Measure Scales Mapped Onto the Impact Model (Showing Researcher and Recipient Points of View)

The Impact Model can also be used to illustrate the Researcher point of view. Researchers in collaborative research partnerships work hard to generate knowledge, provide research education and training opportunities, and share knowledge. Researchers hope that their efforts will have an impact on their targeted audiences. The Researcher point of view can be seen in the Impact Model by starting at the innermost ring and moving to the outer rings (this perspective is "looking out at the community").

Community members also have important influences on research partnerships by contributing their skills, knowledge, and insights. The Impact Model attempts to capture the reciprocal nature of research partnerships through the use of "ripples".

The following version of the Impact Model is a visual portrayal of the community and community members "looking in" at research partnerships. This figure portrays the relationship of the CIROP scales-which capture the major types of benefits in the eyes of community members-to the three main functions of research partnerships. Recipients/community members see research outputs as tools they can potentially utilize. They focus on the things they gain from the research education and training, and knowledge sharing functions of partnerships-these are the areas of benefit captured in the four CIROP scales.

For further information see: A Measure of Community Members' Perceptions of the Impacts of Research Partnerships on the Publications page

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How to Reference the Animated Impact Model - Recipient Point Of View

King, G., Currie, M., & Servais, M. (2006). CIROP scales mapped onto the impact model: Showing recipient and research points of view. Available from www.impactmeasure.org.