Re-conceptualising the link between research and practice in social work: a literature review on knowledge utilisation
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 18:46 authored by M Heinsch, M Gray, Elaine SharlandElaine Sharland
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.
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
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