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Throughout the research world, there is an increasing expectation, and clear pressure from funders, that virtually all applied research intended to influence policy and/or practice must be thoroughly evaluated for its impacts in those realms. This presentation summarizes based on the author's 26 years of experience as a Director of start-up applied public health research institutes (IWH in Toronto; CIHR-IPPH in Ottawa; Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy in Edinburgh) current best practices for moving research to action in the fields of public health and health systems research.
It then critically reviews new UK guidance on how to perform and document such evaluations -- a mandatory requirement for all university-based researchers in the UK in the forthcoming 2021 Research Excellence Framework assessment, which leads to major additional funding for all UK institutions which score highly.
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Presenter: Professor John Frank
Professor John Frank took on the role of Director of The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) in 2008. He brings with him a strong background not only in public health research but in effectively championing teamwork between public health researchers and public policy decision makers.
John trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 1983 until 1991 he was Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997.
In 2000, he was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
He holds a chair in public health at the University of Edinburgh in Public Health Research and Policy. His broad research and professional interests concern the determinants of population and individual health status, and especially the causes, remediation and prevention of socio-economic gradients in health.
In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions.
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