University of Canberra Health Research Institute
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There is growing demand for research evaluations that provide evidence of benefits and impacts on policy, practice, and population health. Methods to undertake impact analysis and evaluations have been developing over recent decades. There is a significant range of different frameworks, constructs, indicators and components identified in the literature ,. The terminology is often unclear, with a range of often ambiguous terms and concepts, with limited international consensus. Further, there are limited tools or support available on ‘how to’ undertake an impact analysis at the different stages of implementation. ,
Our goal was to develop a taxonomy, glossary and associated measurement tools for impact analysis of implementation research, using an onto-terminological approach and which focused on the process of implementation. The GIAF was developed over many years involving various stages and research methods. We have used the concepts presented in the literature, adapted previous research in the field and developed a new framework and taxonomy, glossary and toolkit. Our methods included scoping, development and refinement using a nominal group technique with a panel of subject matter experts for consensus development, testing, use and validation in the real world.
We have developed the GIAF to be ‘fit for purpose’ for any phase of implementation research: the pre-implementation (initiation); early implementation (maturity); or later implementation (evolution) once the original implementation research project is completed. The GIAF includes a toolkit relevant to any sector impacted by the research (e.g., research, education, employment, policy and practice, market, population and society). Critically key concepts, relevant to all health and social services research impacts underpins the GIAF.
The GIAF is registered under Creative Commons License.
There has been no funding available for the GIAF development.
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