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Why might practice partners seek to use research evidence?

Practice partners may call upon research for a variety of reasons. Huw Davies and Alison Powell (2010) offer a useful typology of the types of knowledge that research can provide:

  • Know-why: understand why a policy or practice action is required
  • Know-about: understand the context surrounding the issue or need
  • Know-what works: identify which interventions, policies, and strategies can lead to desired outcomes
  • Know-how: articulate how to effectively implement a practice
  • Know-who: identify the key stakeholders that should be involved and to understand their needs

For more information about how this framework can inform research use in policy and practice, see: Use of Research Evidence: Social Services Portfolio..

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