How to support a co-creative research approach in order to foster impact. The development of a Co-creation Impact Compass for healthcare researchers

Anneke van Dijk-de Vries*, Anita Stevens, Trudy van der Weijden, Anna J. H. M. Beurskens

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Active participation of stakeholders in health research practice is important to generate societal impact of outcomes, as innovations will more likely be implemented and disseminated in clinical practice. To foster a co-creative process, numerous frameworks and tools are available. As they originate from different professions, it is not evident that health researchers are aware of these tools, or able to select and use them in a meaningful way. This article describes the bottom-up development process of a compass and presents the final outcome. This Co-creation Impact Compass combines a well-known business model with tools from design thinking that promote active participation by all relevant stakeholders. It aims to support healthcare researchers to select helpful and valid co-creation tools for the right purpose and at the right moment. Using the Co-creation Impact Compass might increase the researchers' understanding of the value of co-creation, and it provides help to engage stakeholders in all phases of a research project.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0240543
Number of pages16
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2020



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