Toolkit FAQs

These Q&As will help you learn more about the Translating for Impact Toolkit.

What is the Translational Science Benefits Model (TSBM)?

The TSBM is a framework that public health and clinical scientists can use to measure the impact of their work in four distinct domains:

  • Clinical & Medical benefits (procedures, guidelines, tools)
  • Community & Public Health benefits (health activities, care, promotion)
  • Economic benefits (commercial products, patents, financial savings)
  • Policy & Legislative benefits (advisory activities, organizational and public policies)

What is the Translating for Impact Toolkit?

The Translating for Impact Toolkit is a set of tools to accompany the TSBM. The Toolkit helps you consider and integrate impact throughout the research process by planning for, tracking, and demonstrating the impact of their work. It includes nine easy-to-use tools that you can apply to a single project, your complete body of work, or the work of programs and centers.

Who should use the toolkit?

Individuals or teams of clinical and public health researchers working together on a specific project or within a program or center can use the toolkit to:

  • Plan their career agenda
  • Write a grant
  • Secure promotion or tenure
  • Form a community partnership
  • Encourage others to use their innovation or extend your work
  • Succinctly describe their benefits to inform policy change

Program and institutional leaders can also use the toolkit to:

  • Train junior researchers in clinical and translational science
  • Inform and influence promotion and tenure decisions
  • Evaluate longer-term impact of research portfolios

Who should actually complete the tools?

We recommend convening a group of people to complete the tools to ensure multiple perspectives and support equity, including the communities or population groups who could be impacted by the research.

What is in the toolkit?

The toolkit includes nine tools divided into three steps that are designed to help you integrate impact from start to finish of your project:

PLAN for impact

  • Roadmap to Impact – Map out your plan to achieve impact
  • Benefits 2×2 – Identify and prioritize the benefits of your research
  • Partner Mapper – Engage partners based on their influence and interests
  • Team Manager – Identify team members and expertise necessary to achieve impact

TRACK progress toward indicators of impact

  • Impact Tracker – Benchmark progress on metrics of impact
  • Review, revisit, and retrieve information from tools in the plan step

DEMONSTRATE impact to others

  • Product Navigator – Choose the impact product for your goal and audience
  • Case Study Builder – Tell the story of your impact
  • Impact Profile – Summarize your impact in one page
  • Dissemination Planner – Share your impact products
  • Review, revisit, and retrieve information from tools in the plan and track steps

Do I have to use all the tools?

No. While we recommend everyone complete the Roadmap to Impact as it lays the groundwork for all other tools and helps you to frame the entirety of your project or work, depending on your goals, you can pick and choose those tools that you believe will be most useful to you. For example, for completed projects, you may want to complete the Roadmap and then move to the tools in the demonstrate step. Whichever route you choose, don’t forget the importance of equity and inclusion.

How does Translating for Impact address health equity?

The Translating for Impact Toolkit is designed to help ensure that your research benefits as many populations and communities as possible. Some groups systematically face more obstacles to realizing concrete and lasting benefits than others, based on their race or ethnicity, income or occupation, education, age, disability, geographic location, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, health insurance, military status, substance use, or other characteristics.

Thinking about equity impacts from the planning stages to well beyond the life of projects is important to move away from “one size fits all” approaches and realize benefits that affect various and priority populations. Each of the tools asks you to consider how you can increase equity as you plan, track, and demonstrate impact. For example, the Partner Mapper asks you to think about which partners are most likely to be positively or negatively impacted by your project and what steps you can take to meaningfully engage them in research.