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ERIC Number: EJ1160020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
A Collaborative Approach to Defining the Usefulness of Impact: Lessons from a Knowledge Exchange Project Involving Academics and Social Work Practitioners
Wilkinson, Heather; Gallagher, Michael; Smith, Mark
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n3 p311-327 Aug 2012
This paper reports on a knowledge exchange project involving academics and practitioners in six local authority social work departments. It contributes to recent debates about the coproduction of knowledge, presenting findings in three key areas: the importance of relationships for knowledge exchange; "what works" for practitioners engaging with academics; and the value of practitioner research for enabling knowledge exchange. It also considers the assessment of "impact" against the shifting landscape of the Research Excellence Framework, arguing that academic and performance management notions of impact and research quality risk eclipsing the perspectives of research users.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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