The point of applied research is to put the findings into practice, but that is surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Our implementation strategy uses down-to-earth but effective techniques to help achieve this.

The ARC Implementation Leads, Andrée le May and John Gabbay, bring together academics and people working in, or using, the local health and social care system who could make use of potentially useful research findings.  

They work in what we call facilitated Communities of Practice (CoPs), whose emphasis is on having open and robust relationships between all the interested parties. The CoPs are helped to fully explore the pros and cons of implementing the research in their particular practical and organisational context. This enables everyone to agree an implementation plan that they themselves can evaluate and adjust to ensure successful uptake of research, and so to improve services.

Below are links to:

  • a short animation that explains how the CoPs work
  • a film describing the experience of CoP participants

How and why we use CoPs to implement research


News from the front: using CoPs to implement research findings