Collection published in Research Involvement and Engagement, Health Research Policy and Systems, Implementation Science, Implementation Science Communications, BMC Medical Research Methodology, BMC Health Services Research, and Systematic Reviews.
Organized by Anita Kothari, Chris McCutcheon, and Ian D Graham
Research co-production – sometimes referred to by such terms as participatory research, engaged scholarship, collaborative research, and integrated knowledge translation (IKT) – is about conducting research with those who would use it. A defining feature of research co-production is the involvement of patients, clinicians, policy makers, and others as full members of the research team. This is done with the expectation that the resulting research is relevant, and will be particularly useful, usable, and used by knowledge users thereby optimizing research impact. This cross-journal collection of concept and empirical papers considers some of the key issues currently facing the science and practice of research partnerships and collectively begins to identify elements of a research agenda for research co-production.
Many of the papers in this collection are the result of a call for concept papers held by the Integrated Knowledge Translation Research Network. The IKTRN is a research program funded by a seven-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation Grant (FDN #143237). The IKTRN is focused on building the science base for IKT: understanding how best to support research co-production, uncovering barriers and drivers of IKT, determining its effectiveness at increasing research use and impact, and identifying best practices and appropriate conditions for conducting IKT to achieve the greatest impact on research use. The network has also prioritized building the capacity of researchers and knowledge users to undertake IKT. The goals, objectives, and outputs of this research program are described in the IKTRN’s research program protocol which is the first paper in this cross-journal collection. The IKTRN provided an honoraria for some of the concept papers and covered the article-processing charges for most of the papers.
This collection of articles has undergone each journal’s standard peer-review process and the participating journal Editors declare no competing interests.
Further articles will be added in due course following peer review.
Read the associated blog: "Doing research with those who use it"