Mobilising Knowledge in Community-University Partnerships: What Does a Community of Practice Approach Contribute?

Hart, A., Davies, C., Aumann, K., Wenger, E., Aranda, K., Heaver, B. & David, W. (2013): Mobilising knowledge in community-university partnerships: What does a community of practice approach contribute? Contemporary Social Science, 8(3), 278-291. DOI:10.1080/21582041.2013.767470 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2013.767470 (not open access) Abstract Over the past decade different approaches to mobilising knowledge in Community-University Partnership (CUP)

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Scientists Who Engage With Society Perform Better Academically

Jensen, P., Rouquier, J-B., Kreimer, P. and Coissant, Y. (2008). Scientists who engage with society perform better academically. Science and public policy 7, 35. 527-541. http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.4672v2.pdf Abstract Today, most scientific institutions acknowledge the importance of opening the so-called "ivory tower" of academic research through popularization, industrial innovation or teaching. However, little is known

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The Role of Evidence, Context, and Facilitation in an Implementation Trial: Implications for the Development of the PARIHS Framework

Roycroft-Malone, J., Seers, K., Chandler, J., Crichton, N., Allen, C. & Strunin, L. (2013). The role of evidence, context, and facilitation in an implementation trial: Implications for the development of the PARIHS framework. Implementation Science, 8(28), 1-13. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-28 http://www.implementationscience.com/content/pdf/1748-5908-8-28.pdf Abstract Background: The case has been made for more and better theory-informed process evaluations within

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Complexity Sciences: Towards an Alternative Approach to Understanding the use of Academic Research

Lemay, M. A. and Sá, C. (2012). Complexity sciences: towards an alternative approach to understanding the use of academic research. Evidence & Policy, 8(4), 473-494. Abstract Academic research is increasingly linked to a range of socioeconomic benefits. With increasing investments in academic research, there is growing pressure to improve the uses of

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Tweeting is Believing? Understanding Microblog Credibility Perceptions

Ringel Morris, M., Counts, S., Roseway, A., Hoff, A., Schwarz. (2012). Tweeting is believing? Understanding microblog credibility perception. CSCW. Seattle, Washington, USA. http://www.social4retail.com/uploads/1/0/9/8/10981970/_________tweet_credibility_study.pdf Abstract Twitter is now used to distribute substantive content such as breaking news, increasing the importance of assessing the credibility of tweets. As users increasingly access tweets through search, they

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Bridging the Research–Practice Gap

Bansal, P., Bertels, S., Ewart, T., MacConnachie, P. & O'Brien, J. (2012). Bridging the research-practice gap. Academy of Management Perspectives, 26(1), 73-93. http://nbs.net/wp-content/uploads/Bridging-the-Research-Practice-Gap.pdf Abstract Management research often bears little resemblance to management practice. Although this research-practice gap is widely recognized and frequently lamented, there is little discussion about how it can be bridged. We

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Knowledge for Theory and Practice

Van De Ven, A. & Johnson, P. (2006). Knowledge for theory and practice. Academy of Management Review, 31(4), 802-821. http://www.ualberta.ca/~dcl3/KT/Academy%20of%20Management%20Review_Van%20De%20Ven_Knowledge%20for%20theory%20and%20practice_2006.pdf Abstract We examine three related ways in which the gap between theory and practice has been framed. One approach views it as a knowledge transfer problem, a second argues that theory and practice represent distinct kinds

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Productive Interactions

This journal club entry considers two papers, both published in a special edition of Research Evaluation in 2011, so this journal club is a little longer than most. Both papers describe the use of "productive interactions", a framework to illustrate the social impact of research in the social sciences. Spaapen, J.

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The Impact of a Community-University Collaboration: Opening the “Black Box”

Siemens, L. (2012). The impact of a community-university collaboration: Opening the "black box". Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 3(1), 5-25. http://anserj.ca/anser/index.php/cjnser/article/download/94/53 Abstract Within the Social Economy, universities are working with community representatives to undertake research projects, service learning opportunities, and increasingly, academic program development, all with the objective of addressing social

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The Rise of the Knowledge Broker

Meyer, M. (2010). The rise of the knowledge broker. Science Communication, 32(1), 118 -127. http://archivesic.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/49/37/94/PDF/Rise_of_Broker.pdf Abstract Knowledge brokers are people or organizations that move knowledge around and create connections between researchers and their various audiences. This commentary reviews some of the literature on knowledge brokering and lays out some thoughts on how to

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Innovation Brokers

This journal club entry is about the work of Laurens Klerkx (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) on innovation brokers and is drawn primarily from the Technological Forecasting & Social Change paper below but I also include the 2012 reference since it is not only more recent but is open access. You

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Systems Thinking, Knowledge and Action: Towards Better Models and Methods

Best, A., Holmes, B. (2010). Systems thinking, knowledge and action: Towards better models and methods. Evidence & Policy, 6(2), 145-159. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/tpp/ep/2010/00000006/00000002/art00002 Abstract The way we think about how research, policy and practice inform and interact with each other shapes our efforts to improve health and social outcomes. In this paper we describe linear, relationship and

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Is it Time to Drop the ‘Knowledge Translation’ Metaphor? A Critical Literature Review

Greenhalgh, T., Wieringa, S. (2011). Is it time to drop the 'knowledge translation' metaphor? A critical literature review. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 104, 501-509. DOI 10.1258/jrsm.2011.110285 http://jrsm.rsmjournals.com/content/104/12/501.full.pdf Abstract The literature on 'knowledge translation' presents challenges for the reviewer because different terms have been used to describe the generation, sharing and application of knowledge

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Flows of Knowledge, Expertise and Influence: A Method for Assessing Policy and Practice Impacts From Social Science Research

Meagher, L., Lyall, C., & Nutley, S. (2008). Flows of knowledge, expertise and influence: A method for assessing policy and practice impacts from social science research. Research Evaluation, 17(3), 163-173. DOI: 10.3152/095820208X331720 Abstract Social science research undoubtedly does impact on public policy and practice but such non-academic impacts are rarely amenable to precise, quantitative metrics.

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Community Capacity to Acquire, Assess, Adapt and Apply Research Evidence: A Survey of Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Sector

Wilson, M. G., Rourke, S. B., Lavis, J., Bacon, J., & Travers, R. (2011). Community capacity to acquire, assess, adapt and apply research evidence: A survey of Ontario's HIV/AIDS sector. Implementation Science, 6(54), 1-6. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-6-54 http://www.implementationscience.com/content/pdf/1748-5908-6-54.pdf Abstract Background: Community-based organizations (CBOs) are important stakeholders in health systems and are increasingly called upon to use research

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