Measuring the Community Impacts of Research Oriented Partnerships
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.
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Animated Impact Model
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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 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
View the Impact Model - Recipient Perspective
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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.