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Research to Reality: Moving Evidence Into Practice Through an Online Community of Practice

This figure depicts 4 overlapping ovals representing the 3 community dimensions — content, interaction, and activity — overlaying the center oval, which is the Research to Reality community of practice. The first dimension, Content, comprises tobacco control, survivorship, genomics, diet, tools, screening, sun safety, and physical activity. The second dimension, Interaction, comprises public health practitioners, health departments, researchers, coalitions, clinicians, advocates, NCI, and policy makers. The final dimension, Activity, comprises events, discussions, cyber-seminars, coalition corner, and the mentorship program.

Figure 1. Visualizing a virtual community of practice to move cancer control research into practice, Research to Reality, National Cancer Institute, 2011.

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Comment TopicAverage No. of Comments Per Discussion
Professional development1.0
Personal stories1.25
Soliciting of general response1.4
Posting of information or resources1.4
Self-promotion or other promotion1.5
Sharing experiences1.75
Soliciting of information2.6

Figure 2. Average comments generated in response to different discussion types, Research to Reality, National Cancer Institute, 2013. Data source: (20).

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