The conceptual use of research evidence involves the ways in which research shapes an individual’s or organization’s thinking. It can take a variety of forms. Research evidence may:
- Introduce new frameworks, ideas, and vocabulary into practice settings that can later be called upon to change practice, shape priorities, and solve problems.
- Highlight a new way of looking at a problem. Many RPPs within child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health settings use research findings to deepen their understanding of who they serve, the process for delivering services, and the challenges staff and clients face. They then use this information to gain a deeper understanding of the inefficiencies and gaps in a system.
- Encourage users to uncover different approaches to problem solving. RPPs can draw upon ideas from research to rethink existing policies and practices and identify alternative approaches to improve practice.
To learn more about the conceptual use of research evidence, see: What Is the Conceptual Use of Research and Why is it Important?