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Research Translation Tools & Templates

LASER PULSE has developed the following resources to assist in your collaborative efforts toward research translation. Please view the files below and consider referencing or completing as part of your development project. Please Note: Users must register for the LASER PULSE network (Register Here) and log in to access these materials.

Research Translation Implementation Planning Template

The Research Translation Implementation Planning Template guides teams through the four stages of Research Translation: Partnership, Process, Translation Product, and Dissemination. The template is meant to be utilized after team formation and during the process of determining partner roles and developing work plans. It will inform the early-stage planning process and guide future planning with activities and thought processes critical in effectively translating research into practice. Projects are encouraged to revisit this planning template to see how tracked progress reflects initial planning and whether the implementation plan needs revision to guide future work.

Communications Strategy Template

The Communications Strategy Template is intended for use specifically for projects that require a robust communications strategy, but is a useful tool for any project to effectively strategize toward communicating messages effectively. This template guides your project in completing a plan for communications strategy and deliverables. It will guide you through sections on audiences, resources, barriers, goals and objectives, messages, products and channels, and ultimately evaluation. We intend for projects to consult this template early on to begin thinking about communications audiences and objectives. Complete with partner input and revisit during the course of the project.

Policy Brief Template

The Policy Brief Template is a dual-purpose document for projects to (1) use the formatting of the template for their own briefs and (2) read through guidance on key considerations in writing a brief along with the types of content to utilize in a brief. It both informs policy brief development and offers a template to do so. Work through this template with your team toward distilling key points into a targeted, actionable document with important policy implications or recommendations.

Project Summary Template

The Project Summary Template is a dual-purpose document for projects to (1) use the formatting of the template for their own briefs and (2) read through guidance on key considerations in writing a brief along with the types of content to utilize in a brief. It both informs brief development and offers a template to do so. Work through this template with your team toward informing key stakeholders with actionable project findings.

How to Plan for and Utilize a Brief

The How to Plan for and Utilize a Brief guide highlights what to focus on during your planning stages for creating a briefing document, and subsequently how to use the brief once it’s been completed.

Utilizing Accessible Language in Research Translation

The Utilizing Accessible Language in Research Translation guide focuses on justification for and methods to use more accessible language to increase clarity in communication for research translation. This narrative will be complemented by an online training module.