How are research results transferred and implemented into practice? And what can we do to facilitate and improve implementation? This was the focus of a symposium at Vision 2017 in The Hague, organised by InZicht on the 26th of June 2017. The symposium offered interesting lessons from best practices in various countries and networks.


    Four presentations: Sharing useful knowledge for better quality of life

    Innovation through research ranges from establishing patient panels to hi-tech medical innovations. A very broad selection of projects is presented in four 15-minute talks. These have one crucial element in common: a close collaboration between science, practice and the client group. It’s a key factor for successful implementation. 

    Inesz van Benten: implementing research knowledge in the Netherlands

    'There are three important factors influencing the success of implementation of research knowledge into practice: co-creation between research and practice, making knowledge transferable and involving all stakeholders, including visually impaired people.'

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    Inesz van Benten: 'Always use a planned strategy for systematic implementation'

    Philippa Simkiss: Research and implementation – the UK (ad)venture

    ‘To enhance the quality of the services available, it is very important to be relevant to a large number of people. This is why RNIB teamed up with SpecSavers, a company that covers more than 80% of the British market. Our common goal: transforming eye health in the UK.'

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    Philippa Simkiss: ‘Equip people with visual impairments as spokespersons for their case’

    Sofía González Tirado and M. Ángeles Matey García: Best practices of ONCE

    ‘Good research enhances the effectiveness of interventions, facilitates problem solving and supports the incorporation of new technology. To ONCE, the Spanish organisation of and for people with severe visual problems, research is an important means to improve quality of life.'

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    ‘Reward the exchange of experience and good practices’

    Bláithín Gallagher: ENVITER – a European network useful to all

    ‘The European network ENVITER is a forum for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience, providing a platform for like-minded professionals and service providers. Our projects focus on the ‘TER’ in our name: training, education and research.’

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    Bláithín Gallagher: ‘Join efforts to enable inclusion of people with visual impairments’

    Panel discussion

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    Penny Hartin, Birgitta Blokland and Peter Zwart

    Panel discussion: Communication is the keyword for change

    What is needed to implement research findings in a way that is useful to all people with vision impairments? Three client representatives share their views from a clients’ perspective and discuss these with participants.


    Impression of the symposium

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    Review Peter Verstraten, co-chair InZicht symposium

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    Peter Verstraten: ‘Operate as close to daily practice as possible’

    Peter Verstraten: Collaboration enhances implementation rates

    After the InZicht-symposium co-chair Peter Verstraten reflects on the presentations and the discussion in this session. He is impressed by the strong focus on client participation in the presentations. And he sees a big challenge in addressing the needs of large parts of the world population, who still struggle with problems the West has been able to leave behind already.

    What is InZicht?

    In the InZicht programme three rehabilitation centres (Royal Dutch Visio, Bartiméus and Robert Coppes Foundation) and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) work together to fund research and to bridge the gap between scientific research and practice. To promote implementation the rehabilitation centres developed a policy of knowledge transfer and learning within their organisations.

    In the past 19 years InZicht has funded many different research projects with the financial aid of the rehabilitation centres. Various activities, such as newsletters, site visits, annual meeting-days, implementation workshops, and implementation projects are organised by InZicht to stimulate and facilitate implementation. InZicht and the three rehabilitation centres joined forces to organise this special symposium on implementation at the Vision 2017 congress in The Hague, the Netherlands. 

    Text: Marc van Bijsterveldt         Photography: Robert Tjalondo


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