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Shaw, Jessica – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 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…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Scientific Research, Policy
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Morton, Sarah; Seditas, Karen – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2018
Barriers to using research in practice are well documented. This paper describes an innovative process developed by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships to address these barriers. We supported people to define what they needed to know; how existing evidence could help; and how to use evidence in practice. An action-focused…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Evidence Based Practice, Foreign Countries
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Geddes, Marc; Dommett, Katharine; Prosser, Brenton – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2018
In the context of ongoing debates around academic engagements with policymakers, this article discusses how academics can successfully engage with the often overlooked institution of Parliament. We argue that the UK Parliament is not a homogeneous organisation but has differing knowledge requirements for different parliamentary sites. While there…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Government (Administrative Body), Research Utilization, Information Needs
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Holmes, Bev J.; Best, Allan; Davies, Huw; Hunter, David; Kelly, Michael P.; Marshall, Martin; Rycroft-Malone, Joanne – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2017
Worldwide, policymakers, health system managers, practitioners and researchers struggle to use evidence to improve policy and practice. There is growing recognition that this challenge relates to the complex systems in which we work. The corresponding increase in complexity-related discourse remains primarily at a theoretical level. This paper…
Descriptors: Health Programs, Health Services, Policy Formation, Praxis
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Ramsdal, Helge; Hansen, Gunnar Vold – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2017
This article addresses questions about health authorities' recommendations on the local organisation of services for people with mental health disorders in Norway. Analysis is made of the dynamic relationship between different evaluations, national guidelines and other knowledge that influence the organisation of services. The analysis is based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, National Standards
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Tarzia, Laura; Humphreys, Cathy; Hegarty, Kelsey – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2017
The volume of research being conducted into domestic and family violence is increasing, yet knowledge translation in this area lags behind other fields such as healthcare. Little is known about how to effectively harness and implement research findings in the "real world," and there continue to be barriers to the use of rigorous research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Violence, Research, Theory Practice Relationship
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Flinders, Matthew; Wood, Matthew; Cunningham, Malaika – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2016
Co-production is a risky method of social inquiry. It is time-consuming, ethically complex, emotionally demanding, inherently unstable, vulnerable to external shocks, subject to competing demands and it challenges many disciplinary norms. This is what makes it so fresh and innovative. And yet these research-related risks are rarely discussed and,…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Inquiry, Social Theories, Research Problems
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Walton, Mat – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2016
Recent literature has usefully explored the application of complexity theory to evaluation. However, there is little discussion of the contextual conditions in applying complexity theory. Drawing upon a single complexity-consistent public health programme evaluation and subsequent policy decisions, this paper considers how programme framing and…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Public Health, Health Programs, Program Evaluation
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Notarianni, Maryann; Sundar, Purnima; Carter, Charles – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2016
Using the best available evidence to inform decision making is important for the design or delivery of effective health-related services and broader public policy. Several studies identify barriers and facilitators to evidence-informed decision making in Canadian health settings. This paper describes how the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evidence, Mental Health Programs, Theory Practice Relationship
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Marsh, Sheila; Rodrigues, Jeff – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
The paper reflects on the implications of selecting local multifunctional networks as a principal method of achieving improvement in the transition experience of young people with life-limiting conditions, given the range of blocking factors identified. It summarises a programme of work that aimed to tackle these blocks through developing local…
Descriptors: Policy, Professional Personnel, Intervention, Networks
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Warren, Jon; Garthwaite, Kayleigh – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
Becker (1967) poses the question "Whose side are we on?," a question which has become an enduring part of discussions within social scientific methodology. This paper explores the key issues in Becker's argument and considers its relevance to researchers today, locating this within a consideration of evaluation-based research and policy.…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Evaluation Problems, Research Problems, Social Science Research
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Dwan, Kathryn Madonna; McInnes, Peter; Mazumdar, Soumya – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
Researchers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate the impact of their research on policy. Unfortunately, evidence on what works is scarce because it is rarely reported and evaluated. This paper describes a programme of facilitated engagement between knowledge producers and users on topics of joint research and policy interest, and validates…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Research Utilization
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Jørgensen, Marianne Winther – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
Nikolas Rose's work on contemporary biopower centres the "biocitizen" as a subject governed through freedom and made individually responsible in matters of health. This article argues that a focus on its conditions of possibility will enable a better contextualisation of the biocitizen as merely one subject position among others. Using a…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Patients, Self Determination, Public Policy
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Markussen, Rolf Andreas; Wackers, Ger – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
Guidelines play a vital role in the governance of professional practitioners in the frontline of the welfare state towards practices based on scientific knowledge. However the viability of guidelines as a genre of governing devices is by no means self-evident. This article interrogates the somewhat mysterious survival of one particular guideline.…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Guidelines, Governance, Professional Personnel
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Sager, Morten; Eriksson, Lena – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
In this article we describe and diagnose ailments suffered by the so-called "medical insurance decision-making support tool" that was published in 2007 as part of a major reform of the Swedish social insurance. Through document studies and interviews the guideline is analysed and compared with a reference case, a guideline within…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Insurance, Decision Making, Interviews
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