Blogging to Turn Research Into Action

February 20, 2013

Welcome to the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP)’s new Injury Blog! At CIRP, we recognize that to save lives and prevent injuries, we need to partner with you, the stakeholders who want to cure the epidemic of injury - community groups and non-profit organizations, government and regulatory bodies, industry, clinicians, and, most importantly interested children, teens and their families. Our scientific foundation can only make a difference when it informs the design and use of programs, policies and products and you are the change agents who make this happen. Through the Injury Blog, we hope to share important issues and scientific advances with the hope that this information will help to be useful to you, our stakeholders, and will help us work together to bring the evidence to practical solutions to address the epidemic of injury.

The Injury Blog represents a new commitment by our Center to the cycle of Research to Action to Impact that guides us. This milestone prompts me to reflect a bit on the philosophy of our work: what drives us, what are our touchstones? 

First and foremost, we are dedicated to advancing the safety of child, teens and young adults through research and action. We do this through four strategies. We aim to be:

  1. Comprehensive - We work from Before the Injury prevention to After-the-Injury healing

  2. Interdisciplinary –Our team includes experts in clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, behavioral science and engineering.

  3. Engaged – We value our large network of stakeholders with universities, government, industry as partners in our work.

  4. Translational – We create tangible tools & recommendations grounded in science, designed for impact.

I truly believe that important problems in our society, including injury prevention, demand such interdisciplinary work; without such, efforts to find and implement solutions can be inefficient and disjointed. Epidemiologists, engineers, and behavioral scientists are necessary for work that has both breadth and depth and to provide well-rounded insight and direction into solutions. I also remain a practicing clinician, which helps to maintain a grounded view of the continued high prevalence of injury. 

I also believe that publishing a research finding is not enough an endpoint but rather a starting point in the path to impact on the public’s health. End users of our research, including legislators, policymakers, employers, engineers, designers, and families, all have a stake in translating injury prevention research into action. We incorporate these stakeholders into the research plan, from as early as the research design process, and through interpretation of results. We then translate the research into terms that matter and create materials for the stakeholders’ use among their groups. This represents a “research-to-action” approach, which, through the buy-in from the start of the research by the people with the power to implement change, promotes the most efficient transfer of knowledge.

A new part of our research process is this blog, a form of “outreach” and communication, to match the pace of our current times. We hope that you will visit frequently to read the thoughts of so many of the wonderful research personnel in our group.