Embedded researchers as part of a whole systems approach to physical activity: reflections and recommendations

POTTS, Alexandra J., NOBLES, James, SHEARN, Katie, DANKS, Kara and FRITH, Gabriella (2022). Embedded researchers as part of a whole systems approach to physical activity: reflections and recommendations. Systems, 10 (3): 69.

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Whole systems approaches are increasingly being advocated as a way of responding to complex public health priorities such as obesity and physical inactivity. Due to the complex and adaptive nature of such systems, researchers are increasingly being embedded within host organisations (i.e., those which facilitate the whole systems approach) to work with key stakeholders to illuminate and understand mechanisms of change and develop a culture of continuous improvement. While previous literature has reported on the benefits and challenges of embedded researchers in health care, little is known about the experiences and learnings of those situated within these complex whole systems approaches. In this paper, we present our reflections of being embedded researchers within four distinct whole systems approaches and outline recommendations and considerations for commissioners working with or seeking support from an embedded researcher.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: complex systems, embedded researcher, evaluation, public health, physical activity
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/systems10030069
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 09:48
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 11:47
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30267

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