Theoretical reflections on the nexus between research, policy and practice

de Leeuw, Evelyne, McNess, Andrew, Crisp, Beth and Stagnitti, Karen 2008, Theoretical reflections on the nexus between research, policy and practice, Critical public health, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 5-20.

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Title Theoretical reflections on the nexus between research, policy and practice
Author(s) de Leeuw, Evelyne
McNess, Andrew
Crisp, Beth
Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name Critical public health
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 20
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0958-1596
1469-3682
Keyword(s) evidence
public policy
theory
Summary The health field is being subjected to a dictate that policy, practice and research should be informed by evidence. The mere generation of evidence, however, does not mean that policy and practice will act upon it. Utilisation and application of research findings (often equalled with 'evidence') is a political process following rationalities that are not necessarily similar to those of researchers. In response to this issue that evidence does not naturally finds its way into policy and practice (and back into research), the concept of 'knowledge translation' is becoming increasingly popular. In this article we demonstrate that 'translation' can have different meanings, and that current perspectives (both Knowledge Translation and the Actor-Network Theory) do not reflect appropriately on actions that can be taken at the nexus between research, policy and practice in order to facilitate more integration. We have developed seven conceptual categories suggesting different action modalities. Actors and actants in this game should be aware of the complex political nature of these modalities.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017400

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