How can we increase translation of research into practice? Types of evidence needed

Annu Rev Public Health. 2007:28:413-33. doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.28.021406.144145.


This review summarizes key factors that have interfered with translation of research to practice and what public health researchers can do to hasten such transfer, focusing on characteristics of interventions, target settings, and research designs. The need to address context and to utilize research, review, and reporting practices that address external validity issues-such as designs that focus on replication, and practical clinical and behavioral trials-are emphasized. Although there has been increased emphasis on social-ecological interventions that go beyond the individual level, interventions often address each component as if it were an independent intervention. Greater attention is needed to connectedness across program levels and components. Finally, examples are provided of evaluation models and current programs that can help accelerate translation of research to practice and policy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Policy Making
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design