Resources for Researchers
These resources include tools and information developed to help researchers plan for how their research findings will reach target audiences and be used to advance construction safety and health, and to evaluate their r2p efforts.
Research to Practice (r2p) Roadmap Tool and Triage Process
CPWR works with members of its Research Consortium to ensure that each project includes an plan to disseminate important results and to encourage further steps to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. This r2p Roadmap Tool is designed to help researchers develop a plan for how their research findings and outputs will ultimately be used to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses in the construction industry. Researchers are encouraged to begin using this planning tool at the start of their research project. The Roadmap tool asks researchers to consider critical questions about the potential output that will be generated by their research, and walks them through the steps and actions they will need to take along the way, the stakeholders who will need to be involved, and the support that will be needed to translate their findings into actions on job sites.(Note: The r2p Roadmap Worksheets and Guidance Document originally developed in the 2009-2014 grant cycle and revised in the 2014-2019 grant cycle based on lessons learned and feedback provided by members of CPWR’s Research Consortium and NIOSH.) The Triage process is used with completed research projects to assess: the dissemination efforts that have been made; which target populations have already learned of the research findings; and if there is an intervention or solution ready for adoption. The worksheets and instructions can be found at “How to Use the Triage Tool”. Learn more: Triage for action: Systematic assessment and dissemination of construction health and safety research
Construction Safety & Health Social Marketing Toolkit
The Construction Safety & Health Social Marketing Toolkit includes information to help construction safety and health researchers use a social marketing approach to identify and overcome barriers to adoption of their research findings. This Toolkit is designed to build construction safety and health researchers’ and industry stakeholders’ capacity to:
- Develop a social marketing plan;
- Identify and work with appropriate partners to complement their skill set; and
- Manage the process of developing and implementing a social marketing program.
This Toolkit is an output of the Ergonomics Community of Practice.
r2p Evaluation Initiatives
Evaluating research to practice efforts is a critical part of CPWR’s r2p program. The following methods were tested, and the reports and resources developed:
- 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.
- 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.
Clear Writing for a Construction Audience
This handout highlights best practices when developing dissemination material from research. Also offers a handful of useful resources.
Summary Report: Research to Practice (r2p) In Construction: Science, Strategies & Partnerships to Advance Safety & Health, June 2015 – June 2019
Summary Report: Research to Practice (r2p) In Construction: Science, Strategies & Partnerships to Advance Safety & Health, June 2015 – June 2019 – The annual r2p Seminar and Partnership Workshop, initiated in 2015 and held in conjunction with the annual meeting of CPWR’s Research Consortium, provides a platform for researchers to report on their projects’ progress and findings and to receive feedback from industry stakeholders and other researchers. It has created an opportunity for an ongoing dialogue between researchers and industry stakeholders on how best to: 1) distill scientific knowledge into understandable and actionable information; 2) use different partnership structures and targeted approaches to make end users aware of research results; 3) ensure the use of research findings and interventions; and 4) plan for and evaluate these activities. This report includes a summary of discussions, information from related r2p initiatives, and examples of r2p pilot projects and new resources resulting from the annual meetings held between June 2015 and June 2019.
The CPWR, OSHA and NIOSH Database and Outreach Resource
(CONDOR) is a contact resource developed to do targeted outreach on critical health and safety innovations, emerging issues, and new findings to those who need and can act on this information. The database includes contact information for thousands of construction contractors, government officials, health and safety professionals, university-based researchers, labor representatives, trade press and others.