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Research to Practice Library
CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) initiative is designed to:
- Encourage widespread adoption of evidence-based solutions by contractors and workers
- Increase r2p capacity through partnerships of researchers and stakeholders
- Inform future stakeholder driven research (practice-to-research or p2r)
- Develop r2p tools, strategies and resources to translate and disseminate research findings
There are three major components:
Planning - developing r2p “roadmaps” for current research
r2p review and “triage” of completed research
Initiating follow-up dissemination projects
This r2p Library offers tools, partnership resources, and research findings for use by government, industry and academic researchers, contractors, workers and others interested in accelerating the use of research results to improve construction safety and health.
This section includes the CPWR Roadmap and Triage tools designed to help researchers plan for and prioritize dissemination of their research findings, as well as other online resources to help disseminate findings and translate them into practical tools, information, and materials that can be used by industry stakeholders. Each was developed and tested with input from CPWR researchers and target audiences and end-users.
Prevention Partnership Resources
Safety and health advances do not happen in isolation. When researchers, workers, contractors, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders agree to work as partners they can accelerate the development, acceptance, and use of safe and practical tools, materials and work practices on construction sites. These r2p focused partnerships and communities of practice create the capacity – the network -- to tackle critical safety and health issues that no single group can effectively address on their own. This section contains tools, information, and partnership models to help establish, foster, and sustain such collaborations.
Construction Ergonomics Research & Solutions
Construction workers are at high risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), such as strains, sprains, carpal tunnel, and back injuries, due to the physically demanding nature of the work they perform. Significant research has been done on the work activities that create this risk, resulting in training materials and resources that are included in this section.
r2p & p2r at Work
This section includes reports, web-based resources, and communication tools, covering topics such as technology transfer, silica, and nail guns, developed through CPWR’s r2p and partnership initiatives.
Construction Safety and Health Social Marketing Toolkit includes information to help construction safety and health researchers use a social marketing approach to advance the use of their research findings.
Evaluation Reports & Resources:
- Construction Safety & Health Research: A Social Network Analysis Primer. This primer provides information to help safety and health researchers decide if Social Network Analysis (SNA) is right for their research project and to introduce key steps for conducting their own SNA. Throughout the primer, information from the Falls Campaign SNA is used to ground the content in a real-life example.
- Exploring potential methods to evaluate impact and outcomes of construction safety and health research and supporting studies: Using Delphi Panels to Assess Construction Safety Research to Practice: A Narrative Review -- The Delphi Method is a systematic procedure that is employed to achieve a reliable consensus among a selected panel of experts; and CPWR r2p Concept Mapping Report -- Concept mapping is a participatory approach to organizing ideas using a mixed methods (i.e., combining qualitative and quantitative data) approach.