Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI)


Who we are

The Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI) is a joint initiative between the Prevention Centre and four NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence. It was established in June 2020 to enhance the profile and impact of chronic disease prevention in Australia.

We are working together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of our work and to develop shared communications across our various projects and participating centres.

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Our mission

To enhance the impact, profile and value-add of prevention research in Australia through expanded multi-centre collaboration and networking.

Our goals

  1. Develop new, expanded and shared evidence-informed narratives and policy briefs for policy makers and research funders about systems approaches to chronic disease prevention.
  2. Build on and synthesise for wide dissemination the shared learnings about knowledge mobilisation and science communication to support impact on policy and practice.
  3. Provide new expanded multi-centre opportunities for professional development and capacity building for early- and mid-career researchers.

CERI’s four participating CREs share many of the same people and perspectives as the Prevention Centre. The CREs and our shared researchers are listed below.

The Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (HiPP) collaborative: A multi-disciplinary national and international network led from the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. HiPP aims to enable women-centred and equitable health care that supports women in healthy lifestyles, optimising weight and health across the life-course.

Director: Professor Helen Skouteris

Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH): Brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from Australia, New Zealand and England to work on the prevention of obesity in children (0–5 years). EPOCH aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life, and their future impact.

Director: Professor Louise Baur

The National Centre of Implementation Science (NCOIS): An Australian Research Centre working towards bridging the evidence-implementation gap in chronic disease prevention. NCOIS’ primary aim is to improve the translation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention into policies and practice.

Director: Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden

The Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH) collaboration: Encompasses multidisciplinary research to demonstrate how healthy food retail can become the new norm for food business. RE-FRESH aims to transform the environments in which citizens buy their food and drink in order to improve our population’s diet and health. Its focus is on building the evidence, methods, and tools we need to accelerate uptake of proven interventions that will put this goal within our reach.

Director: Professor Anna Peeters

CERI enhances the impact of our members’ prevention research by extending its reach and drawing on a broader range of partners and bodies of work than would be possible within each of its participating organisations.

CERI provides a mechanism for synthesising different findings and perspectives into compelling and relevant messages for policy and practice. It enables us to interpret the implications of our evidence from cross-disciplinary perspectives, to reflect on the policy implications of evidence across programs of research, and to jointly identify aligned opportunities, gaps, new opportunities for collaboration.

Presenting a case for change as a unified group of research centres offers the opportunity to add weight to policy or funding recommendations and boosts gives us a strong, united voice to advocate for prevention.

CERI allows us to share lessons on what works across research groups, for example, in knowledge mobilisation, science communication and capacity building, and to build on what others have learned.

Read about our science communications capacity

How we aim to add value for early- to mid-career researchers

CERI provides the opportunity to enhance support for EMCRs by sharing resources for capacity building. It provides new and expanded opportunities for EMCRs to network, receive peer-support and participate in EMCR-focused events.

Participating EMCRs have the chance to present to (and learn from) people outside their primary research centre and area of research, and to lead different aspects of joint cross-centre EMCR initiatives.

How we aim to add value for policy makers

CERI answers a need articulated by our policy partners to draw out the policy implications of prevention research into coherent and relevant messages.

We generate multi-centre narratives about the findings of major prevention research programs of work and provide consensus views and shared recommendations about the implications of evidence for policy and practice.

We develop agreed multi-centre position statements and draw on these understandings to provide bespoke communications that are useful to our policy partners.

Engaging with CERI provides policy makers with a doorway to an expanded network of leading prevention researchers, and new, expanded opportunities for policy-research dialogue, exchange and partnerships.

CERI practical guide to knowledge mobilisation and science communication

The following articles present a summary of our shared learnings about communications and knowledge mobilisation for impact on policy and practice. These articles are intended to be used as a practical user guide for those undertaking prevention research in CREs or other research collaborations.

How to write a communications plan

This chapter covers how to define audience and purpose, choose relevant communications tools and channels, and evaluate the success of the communication.