Chantal Van Audenhove has been director of LUCAS at KU Leuven since 1996. LUCAS is an interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on 5 topics: social trends in care, care for the elderly, mental healthcare, communication in care relationships and welfare, poverty and social exclusion. The collaboration with the PRoF consortium will definitely give a boost to their research: “Thanks to the PRoF Chair we will be able to further focus on implementation research, helping us to understand what, why and how innovations in the real world work.”
Jan Van Hecke, chairman of PRoF, is a strong believer of implementation research, a relatively new field of study focusing on implementation processes and strategies. He too is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation between the Chair and the PRoF partners: “Nowadays, ‘return on investment’ and ‘value for money’ equally apply to social services as well. Society rightly expects that the outcomes of often expensive research programmes can be put to use in everyday practice, in an effective and preferably a cost-effective way, too. Implementation research can help academia to live up to these expectations.”
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