As part of AcademyHealth’s Paradigm Project, volunteer “design teams” spent two years generating and testing innovations to disrupt the status quo in health services research. Teams leveraged the tools of human-centered design (HCD) to address structural challenges facing the field, such as barriers to studying the questions of interest to decision-makers, getting the evidence to end-users in a timely, accessible way, and addressing long-standing issues of inequity and bias in the workforce and methods.

Several Design Teams were tasked with disrupting the status quo of different aspects of the research translation, dissemination, and implementation. One team focused in on the challenge of packaging and communicating research findings in a way that makes the evidence actionable for those who could use it in their work. The team designed an open access platform where researchers could share various research products, from peer-reviewed articles to grey literature, and end-users could easily find and take away evidence relevant for their work.

Watch the video below to learn more about the platform prototype, dubbed the Health Research Exchange, and lessons learned.

Learn more about the larger movement to advance more timely, impactful research, and the other four innovations resulting from the Paradigm Project: