Conclusion Future Directions for Translational and Implementation Research

Lawrence A. Palinkas

in Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398489
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928583 | DOI:

Series: Building Social Work Research Capacity

Conclusion Future Directions for Translational and Implementation Research

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This final chapter summarizes the main themes of the book and discusses how these themes are linked together to articulate a strategy for conducting translational research. Four themes are summarized: the relationship between translational research and research translation; the interrelationships among process, outcomes, and context of research translation; the agency or organization as the locus of research; and the use of mixed-methods designs and community-based participatory research methods in conducting translational research. Cultural exchange is presented as a strategy for engaging in translational research. Whether it is an exchange between researchers representing different academic disciplines or methodological approaches, or an exchange between researchers and practitioners, cultural exchange is as fundamental to research translation as it is to translational research. Cultural exchange is also the mechanism by which translational research becomes transformative. The chapter concludes with a set of recommendations for developing the research infrastructure and advancing the field.

Keywords: cultural exchange; research infrastructure; translational research; research translation; research methods

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