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A new model of knowledge adoption: how researchers can facilitate the take-up of evidence by policy makers

Brown, Chris (2012) A new model of knowledge adoption: how researchers can facilitate the take-up of evidence by policy makers. In: XXV Conference of the Comparative Education Society in Europe, 2012-06-18 - 2012-06-21, Salamanca.

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Abstract

The means through which policy makers encounter and engage with evidence has been conceptualized in a variety of ways. For example, via the notion of ‘knowledge exchange’; defined by CHSRF as ‘a collaborative problem-solving between researchers and decision makers’, or Cooper and Levin’s (2010) concept of ‘knowledge mobilization’; described as a process of strengthening the connections that exist between research, policy and practice. I use the phrase ‘knowledge adoption’ to depict the process, in all its complexity, of policy-makers digesting, accepting and then ‘taking on board’ research findings; noting their relevance, benefits or future potential. I also suggest that researchers’ greatest chance of influencing policy is by facilitating a process of knowledge adoption at those points in the policy process where policy makers will be most receptive to evidence or new ideas. Current thinking as to how the knowledge adoption process might be expressed or most effectively undertaken are set out in a number of extant models. This paper argues, however, that these models fail address a number of issues that are central to any fundamental conceptualization of knowledge adoption or to its successful realization. For example: that, individually, such models fail to capture fully the complexities of the knowledge adoption process; that there is no satisfactory over-arching theory that accounts effectively for the process of research adoption and how it might be improved and; that existing models fail to reflect the social nature of knowledge adoption or the motivations of social actors to engage in such activity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 04:33
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:38
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