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ERIC Number: EJ1131576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Capturing Complex Realities: Understanding Efforts to Achieve Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Public Health
Smith, Katherine E.; Joyce, Kerry E.
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n1 p57-78 Jan 2012
Studies exploring how and why evidence informs decisions (or not) often focus on perceived cultural, communicative and institutional gaps between research producers and users. More recently, there has been a growing interest in exploring how political differences between competing "policy networks" might shape research utilisation. Drawing on two public health case studies, this paper highlights the multiplicity of divisions informing knowledge translation, arguing that this calls into question the appropriateness of prioritising professional or political divisions. It concludes by outlining how complexity theories might be employed to develop more sophisticated ways of conceptualising the relationships between research, policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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