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Sandra M. Nutley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346650

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346650.001.0001

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What does it mean to ‘use’ research evidence?

What does it mean to ‘use’ research evidence?

(p.32) (p.33) TWO What does it mean to ‘use’ research evidence?
Using evidence

M. Nutley Sandra

Walter Isabel

T.O. Davies Huw

Policy Press

This chapter begins by defining research use. It then differentiates the different definitions and conceptualisations, and considers some modes that help determine the various forms of use, noting along the way how research use has been defined and assessed in empirical studies. This chapter also introduces questions of replication and innovation in relation to research use, arguing that refinement and adaptation of findings in local contexts is a necessary and natural part of research use.

Keywords:   research evidence, empirical studies, replication, innovation, research use

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