The use of secondments as a tool to increase knowledge translation

Lily O.Donoughue Jenkinsa*, Kaarin J. Ansteya

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the use of secondments as a tool to increase knowledge translation between academics and policy makers by developing individual capacity. A case study is presented of a reciprocal secondment between a government department and a university. Enablers of knowledge translation included flexibility and support, a prior relationship between the two organisations, and a government culture that values use of research in policy making. Barriers included the lack of a planned approach with agreed outcomes, and a lack of evaluation at the end of the secondment. Recommendations for future secondments include establishing ongoing secondments between organisations; trialling different types of secondments; and having a detailed plan at the beginning of a secondment, including how the success of the secondment will be measured, and a formal evaluation at the end.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere711708
    JournalPublic Health Research and Practice
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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