Using research well: a framework for understanding quality use of research evidence

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    Period2 Jan 2021

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    Media contributions

    • TitleUsing research well: a framework for understanding quality use of research evidence
      Media name/outletWilliam T. Grant Foundation Blog
      Media typeWeb
      DescriptionImproving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth requires clarity not only about what counts as quality evidence, but also what counts as quality use. Surprisingly, the question of what it means to use research evidence well remains largely unexplored, even amid wide-ranging international efforts to strengthen the role of research in social change. For example, there is a well-developed literature around understanding the quality of different kinds of evidence, but little in the way of an equivalent for understanding the quality of different kinds of use. Similarly, much of the debate around evidence-based policy and practice has focused on the limitations and strengths of different types of evidence, with considerably less attention given to the characteristics of different kinds of evidence use, let alone questions of how to use evidence better. This situation is problematic because it fails to challenge the tendency for evidence use improvement efforts to focus more on the communication and synthesis of research findings and less on supporting the uptake and application of such evidence (as noted in a recent report on the UK’s What Works Centres). Against this backdrop, we share some early ideas about how quality evidence use might be conceptualized in relation to education. The ideas presented are based on findings from the first phase of the Monash Q Project, a five-year study seeking to understand and improve the use of research evidence in Australian schools.
      PersonsMark Rickinson, Lucas Walsh, Jo Gleeson, Connie Cirkony, Mandy Salisbury


    • Evidence use
    • Schools
    • Q Project
    • QURE Framework
    • Measuring research use
    • Use of research evidence