What is the Becker Model?
The Becker Model contains examples of outputs and outcomes related to biomedical research. Investigators can use the Becker Model to locate evidence of research impact resulting from their research. It is intended to be used as a supplement to publication analysis. Using the Becker Model in tandem with publication analysis provides a more robust and comprehensive perspective of biomedical research impact.
Examples of outputs and outcomes in the Becker Model are grouped together in categories that span the research cycle but not tied specifically to any specific phase of the research cycle—from application for funding for a research project to implementation of research findings in clinical applications or public health benefits.
Example of questions that can be answered using the Becker Model:
- What resulted from an outreach visit by an investigator to a policy-making organization?
- What new legislation was enacted as a result of findings from a research study?
- To what extent was the incidence of a disease, disorder or condition reduced based on new diagnostic criteria identified by a research study?
- How many healthcare providers report that research outputs from a research study has affected the way they manage patients?
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