Research end-user perspectives about using social work research in policy and practice
Southern Cross University
La Trobe University
University of Bedfordshire
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AbstractResearch funding and assessment initiatives that foster engagement between researchers and research end-users have been adopted by governments in many countries. They aim to orient research towards achieving measurable impacts that improve economic and social well-being beyond academia. This has long been regarded as important in social work research, as it has in many fields of applied research. This study examined research engagement and impact from the perspective of research end-users working in human services. In-person or telephone interviews were conducted with 43 research end-users about how they used research and interacted with researchers. Content analysis was undertaken to identify engagement strategies and thematic coding was employed to examine underpinning ideas about research translation into practice. Participants were involved in many types of formal and informal research engagements. They viewed research translation as a mutual responsibility but indicated that researchers should do more to improve the utility of their research for industry. The findings highlight the iterative nature of engagement and impact and raise questions about the infrastructure for scaling up impact beyond relationships between individual researchers and their industry partners.
CitationTilbury C, Hughes M, Bigby C, Fisher M (2021) 'Research end-user perspectives about using social work research in policy and practice', British Journal of Social Work, (), pp.-.
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
SponsorsAustralian Research Council DP170102412
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