Connecting research to action: perspectives on research utilisation

Gray, Mel, Sharland, Elaine, Heinsh, Milena and Shubert, Leanne (2015) Connecting research to action: perspectives on research utilisation. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (7). pp. 1952-1967. ISSN 0045-3102

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In contemporary knowledge societies, scientific research has been emphasised as a key component of effective and accountable service provision. This paper examines commonalities and distinctions between two discourses of research utilisation: ‘evidence-based practice’ (EBP) and ‘knowledge production/utilisation’ (KPU)—the former more prominent in informing the social work canon, the latter with some potential to do so. Specifically, it considers how and where these discourses are now coming together, through a focus on ‘knowledge mobilisation’, ‘implementation’ and ‘innovation’, and a shared emphasis on the role of organisations in bridging the gap between research and action. It hopes to contribute to the movement towards greater research use in social work and enhance understanding of the mechanisms by which research is connected to action.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EBP, knowledge production, knowledge utilisation, research utilisation/use, implementation, dissemination
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 11:27

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