ERIC Number: ED154200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Keys to Research, Utilization and Adoption. A Study Conducted with a Grant from The Ford Foundation Focusing on Selected Aspects of Agriculture, Economics and Health.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress studies selected research efforts in the agriculture, economics, and health fields to discover successful strategies for the dissemination and adoption of educational research. Interviews were conducted with people familiar with the Agricultural Extension Movement, Health Examination Interview Surveys, and the Consumer Expenditure Survey as well as with people experienced in the dissemination of educational research information. (Five appendixes contain lists of participants in the study and descriptions of the study methods and resources.) Findings and recommendations included the following: (1) Careful planning of research directions to avoid duplicate efforts requires a good communication structure. (2) Thorough planning and development of methodology and instruments for data collection includes site visits, pretests, and rigorous standards. (3) Positive staff morale needs to be developed; a variety of effective measures are available. (4) Efficient dissemination of research findings involves the use of computer information and retrieval systems, reports, publications, etc.; a model system was found to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Current Research Information System. (5) The effective communication of research results to key decisionmakers demands the use of easily comprehensible language and format and the proximity of the researchers to the policy makers to facilitate regular contact and appearances at hearings. The success of adoption of research information depends on linking agents which assume increasing importance for education since so many innovations are at the local level. (Specific strategies found to be effective are listed and discussed under each of the five categories of findings.) (ELG) Primary type of information provided by report: Procedures (Dissemination) (Utilization).
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Agriculture, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Economic Research, Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Information Systems, Medical Research, Morale, Planning, Policy Formation, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Researchers, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
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