Utilization of social science research Results of a pilot study among Australian sociologists and criminologists

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Title Utilization of social science research Results of a pilot study among Australian sociologists and criminologists
Author Cherney, Adrian; McGee, Tara
Journal Name Journal of sociology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Abstract Researchers, as well as decision-makers and practitioners, often wonder what becomes of the results of research in the social sciences. At present in Australia, we know very little on the subject. This article reports results from a survey of academic sociologists and criminologists about the utilization of their research. It tests an empirical model that derives its dependent and independent variables from prior studies on knowledge utilization, and defines research utilization as a six-stage cumulative process. Results indicate that while there are decreasing reported levels of research utilization across the stages by practitioners and professionals, academic sociologists and criminologists report their research is more often used conceptually. Variables that distinguished respondents who report high levels of utilization were investments in linkage and exchange mechanisms. The discussion is placed in a broader context related to measuring the impact of social research and the factors that inhibit and facilitate this process.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783310386831
Volume 42
Issue Number 2
Page from 144
Page to 162
ISSN 1440-7833
Date Accessioned 2011-07-12
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:07:07Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42264
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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