ERIC Number: EJ866603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Knowledge Utilization: Implications for Evaluation
Blake, Sarah C.; Ottoson, Judith M.
New Directions for Evaluation, n124 p21-34 Win 2009
Knowledge utilization is a field crossing many sectors, from agriculture, since the 1920s, to health care today. Evaluators have made long-standing contributions to understanding knowledge utilization. Different models or ways to think about knowledge utilization have evolved to reflect different perspectives, contexts, and stages of the process, from knowledge creation to the use of effectiveness results in policymaking. The rich interdisciplinary history of this field challenges evaluators to interrogate what knowledge (really) means within a policy or program--whether knowledge is being used more symbolically, rhetorically, or tactically, for example. Differences in program or policy effectiveness across different program sites might result from different types of knowledge use in those sites.
Descriptors: Evaluators, Program Effectiveness, Information Dissemination, Evaluation Utilization, Models, Evaluation, Context Effect, Influences, Intervention
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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