Academic researchers have traditionally seen the community of
scholars as their primary audience and scholarly journals and conferences
as their main mode of mass communication. The general
public, however, can also be an important audience for scientists,
and science museums are one type of institution where science
communication takes place. Over time, science museums have
transformed themselves from elite institutions focused on passive
learning to engaging, community-driven organizations. Accordingly,
they have developed best practices for effectively communicating
complex concepts to nontechnical audiences. Their practices may
offer lessons for those involved in communicating findings from
other fields of study.
As part of the AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute’s
Lessons Project this paper highlights both established techniques
and cutting-edge technologies used by museums to engage
their audiences in learning experiences focused on current science.
The paper also considers the application of the same techniques and
technologies to the field of health services and policy research.
Day in and day out, AcademyHealth works to ensure that the best evidence – evidence from our members and other bright minds working throughout health services and policy research – is used to inform policy and practice. Our advocacy efforts are core to that mission.
A selection of last year’s ARM research is featured in the current issue of Health Services Research (HSR). The articles reflect the range of cutting edge research included at the ARM covering topics from EHR adoption to quality measures to patient safety – all with findings pointing to ways to improve health and the health care system.
The 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health wrapped up yesterday after two full days of discussion around adaptation, innovation, and translation.
This rapid evidence review examined current evidence on interventions to help address parental and familial factors that may contribute to stressful or traumatic events that occur in childhood, known as adverse childhood experiences.
This rapid evidence review examined current evidence on the relationship between stressful or traumatic events experienced in childhood, known as adverse childhood experiences, and health care costs later in life, particularly among adults enrolled in Medicaid.
This rapid evidence review examined current evidence on screening tools for identifying children who have one or more adverse childhood experiences.
After nearly 30 years, the final grants funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative are coming to a close at the end of December. This work has built on AcademyHealth’s broader efforts to get actionable evidence that can improve health and health care into the hands of decision makers when they need it and in a format they can use.
AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute is working to pilot innovative approaches to quickly, but rigorously identify and communicate evidence to inform public and private decision-making. This poster gives an overview of the Institute’s work and early lessons learned in getting research into the hands of policy makers at the right time, on the right topic, and in an accessible format.
As we head into inauguration day and prepare for a new administration to enter the White House, we hold firm in our principle that policies affecting health and performance of the health system should be informed by the best and most relevant evidence.