American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 50, Issue 3–4, pp 285–294 | Cite as

Moving Knowledge into Action: Developing the Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process Within the Interactive Systems Framework

  • Sally Thigpen
  • Richard W. Puddy
  • Helen Harber Singer
  • Diane M. Hall
Original Paper

Abstract

The Interactive Systems Framework (ISF) for Dissemination and Implementation presents an overall framework for translating knowledge into action. Each of its three systems requires further clarification and explanation to truly understand how to conduct this work. This article describes the development and initial application of the Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process (RSTP) using the exchange model of knowledge transfer in the context of one of the ISF systems: the Prevention Synthesis and Translation System (see [special issue “introduction” article] for a translation of the Wandersman et al. (Am J Community Psychol 41:3–4, 2008) article using the RSTP). This six-step process, which was developed by and for the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with partners, serves as an example of how a federal agency can expedite the transfer of research knowledge to practitioners to prevent violence. While the RSTP itself represents one of the possible functions in the Prevention Synthesis and Translation System, the resulting products affect both prevention support and prevention delivery as well. Examples of how practitioner and researcher feedback were incorporated into the Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process are discussed.

Keywords

Synthesis Translation Dissemination Implementation Violence 

Abbreviations

RSTP

Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process

ISF

Interactive Systems Framework

PSTS

Prevention Synthesis and Translation System

PDS

Prevention Delivery System

PSS

Prevention Support System

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NCIPC

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

DVP

Division of Violence Prevention

RPE

Rape Prevention Education

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sally Thigpen
    • 1
  • Richard W. Puddy
    • 1
  • Helen Harber Singer
    • 1
  • Diane M. Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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