Academic journal article Human Ecology

Bronfenbrenner Conference Investigates the Best Ways to Translate Research into Policy and Practice

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Bronfenbrenner Conference Investigates the Best Ways to Translate Research into Policy and Practice

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Eighteen scholars from universities and government agencies across the nation gathered at Cornell for the Second Biennial Urie Bronfenbrenner Conference to discuss a topic on the minds of social scientists: the best ways to use basic research in real-world practices to improve people's lives. The conference was held October 22-23, 2009.

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"More rapid and effective research translation is a major goal of the National Institutes of Health Roadmap and other federal research initiatives," said Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human development and co-director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, which co-organized the event titled, "Improving the State of Americans: Prospects of Translational Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences."

"Bringing experts on translational research to Cornell and facilitating deep and lively discussion across social science, health, and policy disciplines may encourage social scientists on campus to form multidisciplinary teams to address important social issues in new and creative ways," Wethington said.

The conference, co-organized by Rachel Dunifon, associate professor of policy analysis and management, covered such topics as the best way to define and foster translational research among the social sciences and examples of translational research in the field.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to bring top scholars to Cornell to talk about the process by which we have successfully, and not so successfully, translated research beyond the walls of the university," Dunifon said. …

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