Fostering international collaboration in implementation science and research: a concept mapping exploratory study
OBJECTIVE: International collaboration in science has received increasing attention given emphases on relevance generalizability and impact of research. Implementation science IS) is a growing discipline that aims to translate clinical research findings into health services. Research is needed to identify efficient and effective ways to foster international collaboration in IS. Concept-mapping CM) was utilized with a targeted sample for preliminary exploration of fostering international collaboration. Concept-mapping is a mixed-method approach qualitative/quantitative) particularly suited for identifying essential themes and action items to facilitate planning among diverse stakeholders. We sought to identify key factors likely to facilitate productive and rewarding international collaborations in implementation research.
RESULTS: We identified eleven dimensions: Strategic Planning; Practicality; Define Common Principles; Technological Tools for Collaboration; Funding; Disseminate Importance of Fostering International Collaboration in IS; Knowledge Sharing; Innovative & Adaptive Research; Training IS Researchers; Networking & Shared Identity; Facilitate Meetings. Strategic Planning and Funding were highest rated for importance and Strategic Planning and Networking and Shared Identity were rated most feasible to institute. Fostering international collaboration in IS can accelerate the efficiency relevance and generalizability of implementation research. Strategies should be developed and tested to improve international collaborations and engage junior and experienced investigators in collaborations advancing implementation science and practice.
Aarons G. A. S. C. Green A. E. Moullin J. C. Hasson H. von Thiele Schwarz U. James S. Ehrhart M. G. Ducarroz S. Sevdalis N. Willging C. 2019). Fostering international collaboration in implementation science and research: a concept mapping exploratory study. BMC Res Notes121) 778. doi:10.1186/s13104-019-4800-4