Policy Press

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Making Research Matter

Steps to Impact for Health and Care Researchers

By Tara Lamont

Published

Oct 15, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1447361152

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Oct 15, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1447361176

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Making Research Matter
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Written by a leading expert in the field, this practical and accessible book is an essential guide to knowledge exchange, impact and research dissemination in health and social care.

Providing the why, what, who, how and when of research impact, the book helps researchers turn raw findings into useful, high-impact evidence for policymakers, practitioners and the public. It includes insightful interviews from leading journalists, science communicators, researchers and influencers in health and social care, as well as practical exercises, insider tips and case studies. The book will help researchers at all stages of their career to maximise the impact of their work.

“A must-read for health and care researchers at every level or stage in their career, if they really want to make a difference to patients and service users.” Kieran Walshe, University of Manchester

“A wonderful, wise and highly actionable resource to help researchers ensure their research makes a difference.” Mary Dixon-Woods, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, University of Cambridge

“A book that considers research impact in the real world, providing practical guidance on why it matters and how to make it happen.” Kamal R. Mahtani, University of Oxford

Tara Lamont is Senior Scientific Adviser at the Wessex Institute, University of Southampton, supporting NIHR research programmes. She previously led work at a national evidence centre for health and social care.

Introducing this book

WHY researchers should spend time on this

WHAT counts as evidence

WHO you want to reach – practitioners

WHO you want to reach – patients, public, service users

WHO you want to reach – policymakers and managers

WHEN you could have most impact

HOW to reach people – use of stories and the media

HOW to reach people – finding the right language and style

Last thoughts