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ERIC Number: EJ1171929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
How Can Research Mediators Better Mediate?: The Importance of Inward-Looking Processes
Shaw, Jessica
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v14 n1 p143-153 Feb 2018
Science can provide empirically-informed strategies and resources to inform and improve policy and practice, though all too often science, policy, and practice operate independently from one another. Research mediators play a critical role by attempting to connect these different worlds. This practice paper presents lessons learned and recommendations for improving the effectiveness of research mediators in bridging the science-practice gap based on the experiences of a Visiting Fellow in a United States federal research agency. To support evidence-informed policy and practice, research mediators must engage in inward-looking processes--they must attend to their own internal science-practice gaps, commit to interdisciplinarity, and institutionalise such work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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