CHHM Annual Research and Impact Action Planning Session

CHHM Annual Research and Impact Action Planning Session

On January 20, 2011, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) hosted the third Annual Research and Impact Action Planning Session at the Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver. The objectives of the Action Planning Session were: i) to define major research priorities, ii) to identify steps to achieve each research priority, and iii) to develop and integrate knowledge translation and impact components for each research priority. It proved a lively and interactive session with more than 30 researchers, trainees, and staff taking the opportunity to interact, celebrate research success over the past year, identify major priorities, and set the course for theme-based research activities for 2011.

Lillian Bayne (BC Regional Officer for the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and a consultant working in the field of health policy, planning and research) facilitated the Action Planning Session. She capably guided members to think beyond the mechanics of their research to include a focus on how research outcomes already,  or will in future,  positively impact decision makers, patients or other individuals, professional practice or society as a whole. In their presentations, Theme leaders highlighted key projects within each theme in 2010 and identified factors that contributed to their success.  Research theme members then contributed their thoughts and ideas within  theme-based working groups (Fracture Prevention, Arthritis, and Surgical Solutions) to identify a theme-based focus for the year ahead. They also began to explore ways to capture the impact of their research; advancing knowledge, research capacity, informing decision making, health impacts, and broad economic and social impact. Sarah Jane Lusina, Joanie Sims-Gould, and Anat Feldman and Lillian facilitated group discussion and provided tools to develop action plans and to support or build upon ideas that emerged. Candid, sometimes challenging but an important and useful vehicle for CHHM members to interact, innovate and to establish cohesion.  Members commented that interactions within and across research themes provided opportunities to discuss their current research, generate new research ideas and energize existing and develop new collaborations.

Many CHHM members are already leaders in integrating research outcomes into key messages, guiding professional practice through guidelines and other means and influencing their peers, the public and government policy. It remains a central CHHM priority to focus upon how we can better promote and enhance dissemination of CHHM researcher’s findings and the impact of them to our diverse stakeholder groups. Once they are finalized, outcomes from the action planning day will be circulated to Theme Leaders and from there to CHHM members.