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Case Studies

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Creating Impact from Research

Beta, one of 14 partners in the DynaHEALTH collaborative research project, is responsible for translating research results into clinical practice through the effective dissemination and exploitation of results, thus creating impact. DynaHEALTH is a European Horizon 2020 funded research project focused on healthy and active ageing by reducing the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and promoting social interaction and a longer working life. These conditions are increasing with alarming prevalence among ageing populations across the European Union, posing a severe economic burden on healthcare systems.

The project aims to have a significant impact on healthy and active ageing by developing a model which will predict health outcomes in later life related to type 2 diabetes and obesity. This will allow healthcare professionals to provide the most appropriate preventative healthcare strategies throughout a person’s life. The impacts associated with this include:

  • Optimising the health and cognitive function of EU citizens as they age, promoting social functioning and workability;
  • Developing new technologies for targeted disease prevention and the development of clinical interventions;
  • Improved evidence-based policy recommendations for strategies to improve healthy and active ageing;
  • Contributing to Europe-wide economic development.

Impact Management Plan

Beta is supporting the whole consortium to deliver these impacts through the development of a comprehensive ‘Impact Management Plan’. The implementation of the plan ensures that communication and dissemination activities are focused and tailored to the key stakeholder groups. It also ensures that exploitation activities allow key results to be successfully exploited.

Working with the consortium, Beta has achieved the following to date:

  • Built a contact database of end users including policymakers, healthcare professionals and organisations representing patients;
  • Developed key messages and created marketing material for use with end users;
  • Promoted research and news via social media and the website;
  • Organised events to promote the project.

It is very important to engage with the end users of the research results at the earliest possible stage. With this in mind, Beta recently hosted a meeting with external policymakers and healthcare professionals from the South Yorkshire region.

The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the DynaHEALTH project at a local level. It also enabled us to better understand what is important to policy makers and healthcare professionals, in terms of disseminating research results in order to influence future policies. The event was well-attended and well-received, with the main discussion enabling bi-directional feedback, and centered around how to deliver messages in line with what the group want to receive.

As part of our plan to maximise the impact of the research, we will continue to develop this local network. We also hope to replicate in other countries as the project progresses.

You can find out more about DynaHEALTH by visiting the project website – www.dynahealth.eu.

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