Research integration and implementation: Building resources and community

By Gabriele Bammer

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Gabriele Bammer (biography)

This is the fourth annual “state of the blog” review.

For the past four years the blog has worked well, achieving significant growth. In 2020 we’re planning improvements, mainly to make specific resources easier to find and access. In 2019 there were a number of firsts, including surpassing 250 blog posts and 300 authors. Check out the nine blog posts published in 2019 that achieved more than 750 views. And if you are looking for something thought-provoking to read over, what for many, will be a holiday break, see below for a selection of gems.We’re taking a break – back on January 7, 2020.

Blog improvements in 2020

During 2020 we will be improving the i2Insights blog, primarily to make the rich array of resources easier to find and access. One change will be to add a new home page that features not only the current blog post, but also recent ones, as well as a selection of blog posts on specific topics. We will also improve the indexing (and therefore searchability) by expanding our use of categories and sub-categories. This task is already underway, with the establishment of the first elements of the revised index.

Changes will be incremental over the course of the year and we’ll alert you to proposed and actual changes on a new “Improvements” page, as well as a notice located at the top of the right hand sidebar found on all blog pages.

Change inevitably produces glitches, so please bear with us. We would also be grateful if you would let us know about any problems on the blog that you come across.

Highlights for 2019

The blog is now four years old and has published 272 posts by 306 authors from 35 countries. The blog is read in 177 of the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations.

This year’s highlights include:

And we think the blog could achieve much more. Our aim is to link researchers worldwide, especially to share concepts and methods for tackling complex real-world problems.

Through the blog posts, we want to contribute to the development of:

  • best practice tools for more comprehensively understanding and acting on major societal and environmental problems, including research implementation, collaboration, modelling, and stakeholder engagement;
  • how best to teach these concepts and methods;
  • how to ‘institutionalise’ such research and teaching about integration and implementation in universities and other research organisations.

Contributions are welcome!

We are always excited to receive blog posts from new contributors and delighted to welcome back those who have published posts before.

We aim to make the contribution process as easy and well-supported as possible.

Most viewed 2019 blog posts

Nine blog posts published in 2019 were viewed more than 750 times:

Highly recommended holiday reading

The 16 blog posts below illustrate the diversity of contributions and provide a range of thought-provoking reading.




Engaging Stakeholders


Inter- and trans- disciplinarity

Research impact


We’re taking a break till January 7, 2020 (Australian time). Great contributions to the blog are already in hand for 2020, covering a wide range of topics relevant to research integration and implementation for more comprehensive understanding of, and action on, complex societal and environmental problems. We’ll also be continuing the fortnightly series on unknown unknowns, both to illuminate this largely neglected area and to highlight the diversity of useful approaches to it.

We welcome comments, questions and suggestions for improving the blog.

Biography: Gabriele Bammer PhD is a professor at The Australian National University in the Research School of Population Health’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. She is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) to improve research strengths for tackling complex real-world problems through synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, understanding and managing diverse unknowns, and providing integrated research support for policy and practice change. 


3 thoughts on “Research integration and implementation: Building resources and community”

  1. Hola Gabriele, he seguido todos los blogs pero no he escrito porque mi ingles no es bueno. Sin embargo deseo hacerte llegar mis saludos al finalizar el 2019 manifestando mi intenciºon de continuar recogiendo el material de estos blogs que contribuyen en gran forma a la construcciºon del trabajo interdisciplinario. Abrazos desde Uruguay

    Google translate renders this as: Hi Gabriele, I have followed all the blogs but I have not written because my English is not good. However, I would like to send you my greetings at the end of 2019, expressing my intention to continue collecting the material of these blogs that contribute greatly to the construction of interdisciplinary work. Hugs from Uruguay

    • Dear Ana Maria and anyone else who is reluctant to contribute because you worry about your proficiency in English,

      Please contribute! We want this to be a truly international forum. We are happy to help edit contributions and we also publish them in the original language.


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