The Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports the development of research networks for studying the comparative effectiveness, efficiency and equity of public health strategies deployed in real-world practice settings. A practice-based research network (PBRN) brings multiple public health agencies together with research partners to design and implement studies of population-based strategies that prevent disease and injury and promote health. Participating practitioners and researchers collaborate to identify pressing research questions of interest, design rigorous and relevant studies, execute research effectively, and translate findings rapidly into practice. As such, PBRNs represent vehicles for expanding the volume and quality of practice-based research needed for evidence-based decision-making in public health. The Public Health PBRN Program is based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, under the direction of Dr. Glen Mays.
Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program, "Public Health PBRNs: Generating Evidence for Policy & Practice" (2011). Health Management and Policy Reports. 7.