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KT Social Care Project Seminar: Mind the Gap - Getting Research Into Policy and Practice


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Speaker(s): Philip Davies

Recorded on 22 June 2011 in H103, Connaught House.

It is almost thirty years since the American social scientist Carol Weiss noted that social science findings and evaluation evidence "were not having visible impacts on policy decisions". Weiss went on to suggest that "this is not the same as saying that research findings have little influence on policy", but that the influence that they do have is more subtle and indirect.

This seminar will consider the various ways in which research gets into policy and practice, as well as the barriers to the successful transfer of research evidence. It will argue that there are some structural reasons why there is a gap between the research and policy making communities, but that this gap can be filled if the subtle and indirect methods of knowledge translation and knowledge transfer are understood and respected.

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