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..