The Engaged Knowledge User Group assists the Healthier Lives Challenge with identifying important areas of research, and the translation of research into practical applications. Partnering between knowledge users and researchers supports shared decision making and implementation.
Healthier Lives has adopted this Integrated Knowledge Translation approach where stakeholders have been engaged in the selection of the focus areas, research programmes, and initial research activities. To date organisations from four broad categories have participated:
- Government agencies and policy makers
- District health boards and primary healthcare organisations
- Health-related non-governmental organisations
- Māori and Pacific entities with an interest in health
This has helped us identify our five initial research projects: