A Research Impact Tool, co-developed by CIHER and JCU researchers provides the conceptual framework within which CIHER’s program of research will operate. The domains of the framework will be assessed through each CIHER Project as follows:
- Indigenous leadership & participation the extent to which the NIRRITH research and/or research capacity development is driven by Indigenous people from the outset;
- Research priority setting: the extent to which need for the research is identified as a priority by Indigenous stakeholders and end users compared to competing priorities using Value of Information analysis to select the most promising lines of enquiry or questions that can be answered at reasonable cost;
- Study type and design: the type and scientific quality of research and its ‘fit for purpose’, and hence the likely degree of research impact;
- Implementation: elements such as communities’ past and present experience of research, mutually respectful partnership frameworks, availability of resources, flexibility while maintaining scientific rigour, and whether timelines are realistic;
- Knowledge translation: the translation of new research evidence into practice and policy by research institutions, health services, health practitioners and other key stakeholders with knowledge translation expertise to improve Indigenous health outcomes; and
- The benefits and costs of research: the prioritisation of research initiatives in order to generate the largest benefit-to-cost impact.