Applied research seeks to solve practical problems that are specific to an organizational or community context.

  • Environmental and jurisdictional scans
  • Literature reviews, including systematic reviews and scoping reviews
  • Proposal development
  • Knowledge translation, including development, dissemination, exchange and application of information
  • Technical and plain language communication, including data visualization


Applied research focuses on answering questions that matter to communities and organizations. Through a collaborative process, an applied researcher:

  • Works with the client to identify the questions to be answered.
  • Gathers information from multiple sources, such as peer-reviewed research, other jurisdictions and community wisdom.
  • Makes sense of the relevance of the information to the organization or community.

Applied research is not intended to create theoretical knowledge; its purpose is to provide practical information for evidence-based decision making.