Actionable Tools

Project Leads: Jo Cooke and Susan Hampshaw

Research findings should be disseminated appropriately to generate maximum impact. The development of research derived ‘actionable’ tools (RDAT) as research outputs may contribute to impact. However, there is little agreement on what is meant by actionable tool or what can make them useful. This project set out to develop a consensus definition of what is meant by a RDAT and to identify characteristics of a RDAT that would support its use across the research-practice boundary.

We used a modified Delphi method with a panel of experts comprising of researchers, research funders, policy makers and practitioners to develop a consensus definition and characteristics of RDATs, and on considerations that might maximize their use. The panel also agreed how RDATs could become integral to primary research methods, conduct and reporting. The importance of end users shaping such tools was seen as of paramount importance. Our findings are available here: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-018-3551-6