On October 23-24, the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hosted a consensus working meeting to outline key areas for reporting and assessment to enhance the value of research for dissemination and implementation. Meeting participants included twenty-three researchers, practitioners, funders, and decision makers from the U.S. and Canada. The meeting was co-chaired by Drs. Ross Brownson (Wash U, St. Louis), Chris Carpenter (Wash U, St. Louis), and Borsika Rabin (University of Colorado, Denver).
The major objectives of the meeting were 1) develop consensus for a working framework outlining key aspects of research reporting that would enhance the value of research by end users; 2) develop consensus on a set of reporting guidelines for dissemination and implementation research that are aligned with the framework; and 3) identify key resources needed for measures development and assessment in D&I.
Over the course of the meeting, there was lively debate and consensus building on the need to reach a broad audience, expanding beyond D&I researchers to include a focus on those whose work has D&I implications, and to enhance the value of research more generally through improved reporting and use of assessment tools.
A product matrix was also developed, articulating a set of short-, medium-, and long-term products that will evolve from the meeting. These products include a set of papers as well as web tools to serve as an interactive community and clearinghouse for existing and future assessment tools in D&I. For each product, participants identified a working group and key lead to move the process/product forward.
At an upcoming IS Webinar on November 26, we will be summarizing key findings from the meeting. We hope you will join us, and we welcome your input and feedback as we move forward with these efforts. Hope to see you there!