An important focus of PRC is on translational research that links science to practice. Research has shown that it takes nearly 20 years for even a small percentage of basic medical research findings to be incorporated into practice. For community prevention, the gap may be even greater. Research and synthesis at PRC is intended to further the translation of science to practice by:
Translational research at PRC addresses the fundamental mechanisms of organizational and community change. The identification of these mechanisms is the “basic science” of translational research. Translational research at PRC includes observational studies of current practices and community or organizational capacities, formative research to design interventions aimed at organizational change, designing tools for facilitating adoption and implementation, experimental designs of divergent implementation strategies, and generally bringing experience from practitioners back into the re-design of prevention strategies that may not survive the transition from efficacy to effectiveness.