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dc.contributor.authorTilbury, Clare
dc.contributor.authorBigby, Christine
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Mike
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-24T08:51:50Z
dc.date.available2022-09-23T00:00:00Z
dc.date.available2020-09-24T08:51:50Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-03
dc.identifier.citationTilbury C, Bigby C, Fisher M, Hughes M (2020) 'Australian social work research: an empirical study of engagement and impact', British Journal of Social Work, 51 (2), pp.752-771.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcaa170/6018474
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/624524
dc.description.abstractInternationally, non-academic research impact is assessed by governments as part of evaluating the quality of publicly funded research. A case study method was used to investigate the non-academic impact of Australian social work research. Interviews were conducted with 15 leading researchers about outputs (research products, such as publications and reports), engagement (interaction between researchers and end-users outside academia to transfer knowledge, methods, or resources), and impact (social or economic contributions of research). Twelve case studies were prepared using a standardised template. Content analysis highlighted examples of impact, and theoretical and in-vivo coding uncovered processes of engagement and impact. Different types of engagements with research end-users influenced impact in three areas: legislation and policy; practices and service delivery; and quality of life of community members. Engagement and impact were intertwined as research altered policy discourses and illuminated hidden social issues, preparing ground for subsequent, more direct impact. Likewise, academic and non-academic impacts were intertwined as research rigour and academic credibility were perceived to leverage influence. There was no evidence of achieving impact simply through the trickle-down effect of scholarly publication. The findings broaden understandings of how research influences policy and practice and iterative and indirect relationships between engagement and impact.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Research Councilen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/51/2/752/6018474
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dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectresearch assessmenten_US
dc.subjectresearch impacten_US
dc.subjectsocial worken_US
dc.subjectAustraliaen_US
dc.subjectSubject Categories::L500 Social Worken_US
dc.titleAustralian social work research: an empirical study of engagement and impacten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGriffith Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentLa Trobe Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSouthern Cross Universityen_US
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken_US
dc.date.updated2020-09-24T08:47:49Z
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