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Models for supporting translational research in community services

Translational research is a methodology used in clinical settings for applying basic research knowledge to practical applications. This is often referred to as a 'bench to bedside' transition of scientific knowledge to clinical treatment options and other support services.

For researchers in the community services industry, translational research refers to translating research into decision-making, policy and practice by ensuring new knowledge and innovative ways of delivering community services achieve the best outcomes for clients.

Research translation also offers opportunities for the industry to broaden its collaboration with investors, technology firms, entrepreneurs and research institutions to new business models.

The report Models of supporting translational research in community services (PDF, 1.9 MB) Models of supporting translational research in community services (DOCX, 5.6 MB) was prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the former Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to identify models for effectively translating research outcomes into policy and practice in the community services industry.

The report:

  • outlines four guiding principles for effective research translation as user engagement, capacity building, effective communication and impact measurement
  • examines a number of research translation models used in Australia and internationally
  • recommends a collaborative model as the best fit for the community services industry, with three options for the form this could take: industry-initiated, government-initiated or university-initiated
  • emphasises that the model needs to be based on a strong supporting framework that includes:
    • a research plan setting out research priorities and objectives
    • a research translation strategy that identifies end users and sets out methods for sharing research outputs
    • and independent advisory committee with experts from universities, government, industry, clients and other relevant parties (e.g.philanthropists and private sector participants).

Partnering for the future: advancing Queensland's community services industry 2017-25 (PDF, 4.6 MB) identifies research and innovation as key priorities for action. the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report will support work by the government, industry and other stakeholders to deliver on these priorities.

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