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Health Promot Pract. 2013 May;14(3):321-7. doi: 10.1177/1524839912474277. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Research to reality (R2R) mentorship program: building partnership, capacity, and evidence.

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  • 11SAIC-Frederick, Inc., Frederick National Laboratory, Frederick, MD, USA.


Despite a wealth of intervention research in cancer control, full integration of evidence-based interventions into practice often fails, at least in part because of inadequate collaboration between practitioners and researchers. The National Cancer Institute piloted a mentorship program designed for practitioners to improve their ability to navigate evidence-based decision making within a context of inadequate resources, political barriers, and organizational constraints. The National Cancer Institute simultaneously sought to provide opportunities for practitioners and researchers to share and learn from each other. We identified four key successes and challenges related to translation as experienced by mentees: (a) establishing and maintaining partnerships, (b) data collection and analysis, (c) navigating context, and (d) program adaptation and evaluation. Mentorship programs have the potential to facilitate increased and more successful integration of evidence-based interventions into practice by promoting and building the capacity for collaborative decision making and generating in-depth understanding of the translation barriers and successes as well as strategies to address the complex contextual issues relative to implementation.


cancer control and prevention; evidence-based public health; mentorship; translation

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