HREC approval number: H-2023-069

Principal Investigator: A/Prof Carmel Williams

What is the project about, and who is undertaking the research?

The vision of the HEAL Network is 'to catalyse research, knowledge exchange and translation into policy and practice that will bring measurable improvements to our health, the Australian health system, and the environment'. Effective research translation, implementation and impact are important goals across the HEAL Network and require collaboration across disciplines, sectors and systems.

The knowledge, skills, and practices of HEAL Network members are important metrics of collaboration between the community, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and of opportunities for successful research translation and implementation. This project seeks to explore the knowledge, skills, and experience of HEAL Network members, affiliates and interested stakeholders in relation to establishing and maintaining successful research, policy, and practice collaborations. The results of the survey will help to identify opportunities to build upon and strengthen existing mechanisms and support the further establishment of partnerships within and beyond the Network.  The survey will also assist with tracking of growth and change in research translation knowledge, skills, and partnerships across the Network over time, with a follow-up survey planned.

This project is being led by The University of Adelaide

Why am I being invited to participate, and how long will it take?

You are being invited as you are connected to the HEAL Research Network as a member or affiliated with a member of the HEAL Network. The survey is open to all members of the HEAL Network and to relevant research, policy and practice affiliates, community members, community organisations and other interested stakeholders. Please feel free to share the survey with your contacts and collaborators.

You are being invited to complete an online survey that is expected to take a total of 20 minutes.

The survey will ask you a number of single option and multiple option questions about your experiences working with researchers in developing successful collaborations between researchers, policy makers and the community.

What are the potential benefits of the research project?

This survey seeks to explore the knowledge, skills, and experience of HEAL Network members, affiliates and interested stakeholders in relation to establishing and maintaining successful research, policy, and practice collaborations. The results will highlight opportunities, enablers, challenges, and barriers to the research translation and implementation process across the Network, which will be used to guide the development and delivery of capacity building activities. Ultimately, the findings will be used to promote effective translation of research findings into policy and practice, which will support real world impact.

Are there any associated risks, and can I withdraw my participation?

There are no associated risks with participating in this survey. Any personal information that may identify you will be removed or changed before any of the survey data is shared with other researchers or results are made public.

Participation in this project is completely voluntary. Participation in this project is limited to the completion of a single on-line survey. Possible identifying data is limited to the name of the department, organisation or institution where you work. If you agree to participate, you can choose not to answer any of the other survey questions. If you withdraw from completing the survey any responses, you have entered will be retained and included in the analysis.

What happens with my information?

Your survey responses will be entered by you directly in a web-based survey platform, REDCap, housed on a secure server at the University of Adelaide.

All survey data collected are anonymous, and distribution of the information obtained through the survey will be limited to members of the Survey Working Group. Access to the database is limited to the study team through multi-factor authentication.  

Once the project is complete, only the aggregated results will be shared with HEAL network members, affiliates, stakeholders and HEAL conference participants, and may be published in a journal and/or conference presentation.

Data from this project may be included in future surveys conducted by the HEAL Network. The findings will be summarised into a report and be shared with participants. A factsheet, summarising the results of this project will be developed and sent to all HEAL Network members and affiliates and will be loaded on the HEAL website.

Your information will only be used as described in this participant information sheet and it will only be disclosed according to the consent provided, except as required by law. 

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

Associated Professor Carmel Williams, phone +61 417 855 270, email: 

What if I have a complaint or concerns?

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2023-069). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018). If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult the Principal Investigator. If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University's policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee's Secretariat on:

Phone: +61 8 8313 6028   Email:      Post: Level 3, Rundle Mall Plaza, 50 Rundle Mall, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

If I want to participate, what do I do?

By completing and submitting the survey, you are indicating that you have read and understood the information on this page and give your consent to be involved in the research.


Yours sincerely,

Carmel Williams

On behalf of the research team.

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