Re-conceptualising the link between research and practice in social work: a literature review on knowledge utilisation

Heinsch, M, Gray, M and Sharland, E (2016) Re-conceptualising the link between research and practice in social work: a literature review on knowledge utilisation. International Journal of Social Welfare, 25 (1). pp. 98-104. ISSN 1369-6866

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Abstract

Despite the recent movement towards greater research use in many areas of social work, criticisms persist that decision making in practice is seldom informed by sound research evidence. Discourse about the research-to-practice gap in social work has tended to focus on the feasibility of evidence-based practice for the profession, but has rarely drawn from the broader knowledge utilisation literature. There are important understandings to be gained from the knowledge utilisation field, which spans more than six decades of interdisciplinary research.This article introduces the wider knowledge utilisation literature to a social work audience. It considers the potential of this body of literature to facilitate research use in social work, as well as conceptual issues that may be hindering it from informing improvements to research utilisation in practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EBP, knowledge production, knowledge utilisation, research utilisation/use, implementation, dissemination
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50672

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