Evidence & Policy
A journal of research, debate and practice

Mock abstracts with mock findings: a device to catalyse production, interpretation and use of knowledge outputs in a university-policy-practice research partnership

Authors:
Penelope HaweUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Penelope Hawe in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Kathleen P. ConteUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Kathleen P. Conte in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Sisse GroenUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Sisse Groen in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Victoria LoblayUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Victoria Loblay in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Amanda GreenLiverpool Hospital, Australia

Search for other papers by Amanda Green in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Christine Innes-HughesLiverpool Hospital, Australia

Search for other papers by Christine Innes-Hughes in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Andrew MilatNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Andrew Milat in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Lina PerssonNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Lina Persson in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Jo MitchellNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Jo Mitchell in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
,
Sarah ThackwayNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Sarah Thackway in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
, and
Mandy WilliamsSouth Western Sydney Local Health District, Australia

Search for other papers by Mandy Williams in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
Restricted access
Get eTOC alerts
Rights and permissions Cite this article

Background:

A number of ways to conduct research are designed to maximise the likelihood that evidence from research is quickly transferred into practice. This includes action research and partnership research between researchers and policy makers. Such approaches focus research effort on questions of highest relevance to practice and policy so as to create ownership of the results. However, such approaches on their own do not necessarily visualise or illuminate possible pathways of action or create a sense of personal connection to these possible actions.

Aims and objectives:

Our intent is to foster high-level engagement with possible project findings by policymakers and researchers involved in partnership research. We describe a simple, creative, innovative device: production of co-authored mock (i.e., fake) in-house abstracts of peer reviewed papers as an aid in this process This occurs in advance of knowing real results of the study. The fake abstracts process described here occurs within a research-policy maker-practitioner partnership studying the scaling-up of childhood statewide obesity prevention programs and the electronic monitoring system being used to track progress.

Key conclusions:

The fake abstracts are a tool for identifying priority interests among a large data set. They act as a trigger to uncovering different interpretations of findings among the team. They foster discussion and mental rehearsal of actions based on different scenarios. And they help the team coordinate participation in the analysis and writing-up of the real findings. They also represent a hypothetical variety of research endpoints which also assist with maintaining project momentum during long phases of analysis.

  • Bødker, S. (2000) Scenarios in user-centred design – setting the stage for reflection and action, Interacting with Computers, 13(1): 6175, doi: 10.1016/S0953-5438(00)00024-2

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Brewster, L., Aveling, E., Martin, G., Tarrant, C., Dixon-Woods, M. and the Safer Clinical Systems Phase 2 Core Collaboration and Writing Committeee (2015) What to expect when you’re evaluating healthcare improvement: a concordat approach to managing collaboration and uncomfortable realities, BMJ Quality & Safety, 24(3): 31824. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003732

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Conte, K.P., Groen, S., Loblay, V., Green, A., Milat, A., Persson, L., Innes-Hughes, C., Mitchell, J., Thackway, S., Williams, M., and Hawe, P. (2017) Dynamics behind the scale-up of evidence-based obesity prevention: protocol for a multi-site case study of an electronic implementation monitoring system in health promotion practice, Implementation Science, 12:146. doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0686-5

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Chandler, D. and Torbet, B. (2003) Transforming inquiry and action: interweaving 27 flavours of action research, Action Research, 1(2): 13352. doi: 10.1177/14767503030012002

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Davidoff, F., Dixon-Woods, M., Leviton, L. and Michie, S. (2015) Demystifying theory and its use in improvement, BMJ Quality & Safety, 24(3): 22838. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014–003627.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dickens, P. (2016) Tight-loose-tight: a complexity approach to innovation, Organizational Development Practitioner, 48(4): 2731.

  • Farrell, L., Lloyd, B., Matthews, R., Bravo, A., Wiggers, J. and Rissel, C. (2014) Applying a performance monitoring framework to increase reach and adoption of children's healthy eating and physical activity programs, Public Health Research & Practice, 25(1): e2511408. doi: 10.17061/phrp2511408.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Hardy, L.L., King, L., Kelly, B., Farrell, L. and Howlett, S. (2010) Munch and Move: evaluation of a preschool healthy eating and movement skill programs, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7: 80. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-80.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Institute of Medicine (2005) Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century, Washington: National Academy of Sciences.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Mitchell, P., Purkis, J., Hall, J. and Haas, M. (2009) Partnerships for knowledge exchange in health services research, policy and practice, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 14(2):10411. doi: 10.1258/jhsrp.2008.008091

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Mitchell., D.J., Russo, J.E. and Pennington, N. (1989) Back to the future: temporal perspective in the explanation of events, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 2: 2538. doi: 10.1002/bdm.3960020103

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (2012) Implementation plan for the healthy children initiative, Commonwealth of Australia, www.federalfinancialrelations.gov.au/content/npa/health/_archive/healthy_workers/healthy_children/NSW_IP_2013.pdf

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • New South Wales Ministry of Health (2016) Service agreement template, New South Wales Ministry of Health, www.health.nsw.gov.au/Performance/Documents/service-agreement-generic.pdf

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Park, J., Lu, F.-C. and Hedgcock,W.M. (2017) Relative effects of forward and backward planning on goal pursuit, Psychological Science, 28: 162030. doi: 10.1177/0956797617715510

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Patton, M.Q. (2008) Utilization focussed evaluation (4th edn), Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

  • Rollier, B. and Turner, J.A. (1994) Planning forward by looking backward: retrospective thinking in strategic decision making, Decision Sciences, 25:16988. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5915.1994.tb01838.x

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Ross, S., Lavis, J., Rodriguez, C., Woodside, J. and Denis, J.-L. (2003) Partnership experiences: involving decision makers in the research process, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, S2: 2634. doi: 10.1258/135581903322405144

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rossi, F., Rosli, A. and Yip, N. (2017) Academic engagement as knowledge co-production and implications for impact: evidence from knowledge transfer partnerships, Journal of Business Research, 80: 19. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.06.019

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Solberg, L.I., Glasgow, R.E., Unutzer, J., Jaeckels, N., Oftedahl, G., Beck, A. and Maciosek, M.V. and Crain, L. (2010) Partnership research: a practical trial design for evaluation of a natural experiment to improve depression care, Medical Care, 48(7): 57682. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181dbea62

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Wehrens, R. (2015) ‘Beyond two communities: from research utilization and knowledge translation to co-production?, Public Health, 128: 54551. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2014.02.004

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Weick, K.E. (1969) The social psychology of organising, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

  • Wiggers, J., Wolfenden, L., Campbell, E., Gillham, K., Bell, C., Sutherland, R., Hardy, L.L., King, L., Grunseit, A., Milat, A.J. and Orr, N. (2013) Good for kids, good for life, 2006–2016: Evaluation report, NSW Ministry of Health, www.health.nsw.gov.au/research/Pages/good-for-kids.aspx

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Wutchiett, R., Egan, D., Kohaut, S., Markman, H.J., Pargament, K.I. (1984) Assessing the need for needs assessment, Journal of Community Psychology, 12: 5360. doi: 10.1002/1520-6629(198401)12:1<53::AID-JCOP2290120107>3.0.CO;2-U

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Wutzke, S., Redman, S., Bauman, A., Hawe, P., Shiell, A., Thackway, S., Wilson, A. (2017) A new model of collaborative research: experiences from one of Australia's NHMRC partnership centres for better health, Public Health Research and Practice, 27(1): e2711706.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
Penelope HaweUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Penelope Hawe in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Kathleen P. ConteUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Kathleen P. Conte in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Sisse GroenUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Sisse Groen in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Victoria LoblayUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Search for other papers by Victoria Loblay in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Amanda GreenLiverpool Hospital, Australia

Search for other papers by Amanda Green in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Christine Innes-HughesLiverpool Hospital, Australia

Search for other papers by Christine Innes-Hughes in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Andrew MilatNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Andrew Milat in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Lina PerssonNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Lina Persson in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Jo MitchellNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Jo Mitchell in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Sarah ThackwayNew South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia

Search for other papers by Sarah Thackway in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Mandy WilliamsSouth Western Sydney Local Health District, Australia

Search for other papers by Mandy Williams in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close

Content Metrics

May 2022 onwards Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 235 235 40
Full Text Views 42 42 0
PDF Downloads 7 7 0

Altmetrics

Dimensions