Moving research to practice through partnership: a case study in Asphalt Paving

Am J Ind Med. 2015 Aug;58(8):824-37. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22475. Epub 2015 Jun 15.


Background: Multi-stakeholder partnerships play a critical role in dissemination and implementation in health and safety. To better document and understand construction partnerships that have successfully scaled up effective interventions to protect workers, this case study focused on the collaborative processes of the Asphalt Paving Partnership. In the 1990s, this partnership developed, evaluated, disseminated, and achieved near universal, voluntary adoption of paver engineering controls to reduce exposure to asphalt fumes.

Methods: We used in-depth interviews (n = 15) and document review in the case study.

Results: We describe contextual factors that both facilitated and challenged the formation of the collaboration, central themes and group processes, and research to practice (r2p) outcomes.

Conclusions: The Asphalt Paving Partnership offers insight into how multi-stakeholder partnerships in construction can draw upon the strengths of diverse members to improve the dissemination and adoption of health and safety innovations and build a collaborative infrastructure to sustain momentum over time.

Keywords: asphalt; construction; engineering controls; partnerships; research to practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Construction Industry / organization & administration*
  • Construction Materials / toxicity
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Engineering
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Inhalation Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Hydrocarbons
  • asphalt