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Understanding implementation research collaborations from a co-creation lens: recommendations for a path forward

Pérez Jolles, Mónica, Willging, Cathleen E., Stadnick, Nicole A., Crable, Erika L., Lengnick-Hall, Rebecca, Hawkins, Jemma ORCID: and Aarons, Gregory A. 2022. Understanding implementation research collaborations from a co-creation lens: recommendations for a path forward. Frontiers in Health Services 2 , 942658. 10.3389/frhs.2022.942658

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Increasing calls within the field of implementation science (IS) research seek to promote active engagement of diverse and often disenfranchised stakeholder voices to increase buy-in, fidelity, outcome relevance, and sustainment of evidence-based practices (EBPs). Including such voices requires cultural humility and the integration of multiple perspectives and values among organizations, groups, and individuals. However, the IS field lacks guidance for researchers on structuring collaborative approaches to promote a co-created process (i.e., synergistic approach to goal attainment). We contend that improved operationalization of co-created implementation collaborations is critical to sparking synergy and addressing differentials based on power, privilege, knowledge, and access to resources among stakeholders. These differentials can undermine future implementation and sustainment efforts if not addressed early in the research effort. An insufficient understanding of the guiding principles of co-created implementation collaborations may limit the scientific value of evaluation processes, and researchers' ability to replicate outcomes. We propose a perspective foregrounded in the concept of co-creation to guide the structuring of implementation collaboratives through five principles. We offer three case examples informed by the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) Framework to illustrate the application of these co-creation principles. Lastly, we offer recommendations for promoting co-creation in IS research moving forward.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
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Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 November 2022
Date of Acceptance: 26 September 2022
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 10:49

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