Research Coproduction: An Underused Pathway to Impact

Document Type : Editorial


1 Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2 University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

3 University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

4 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada


Knowledge translation and implementation science have made many advances in the last two decades. However, research is still not making expedient differences to practice, policy, and service delivery. It is time to evolve our approach to knowledge production and implementation. In this editorial we advance research coproduction as a neglected pathway to impact. Our starting point is that research impact is a function of how research is done and who is involved, arguing that researchers and non-researchers have an equal voice and role to play. We outline principles of coproduction including sharing power, valuing different sources of knowledge and viewpoints, equality, open communication, inclusivity, and mutuality. We consider implications at micro, meso, and macro system levels. In calling for this shift in the way knowledge is produced and applied, we anticipate it leading to inclusive research that more rapidly translates to better, more equitable health and care for all.


Articles in Press, Corrected Proof
Available Online from 24 April 2024
  • Receive Date: 02 August 2023
  • Revise Date: 22 April 2024
  • Accept Date: 23 April 2024
  • First Publish Date: 24 April 2024