Measuring Research Use
The frameworks and tools of behavioral science have significant potential to overcome persistent challenges regarding the measurement, tracking, and analysis of research evidence use.
Big-data can provide a means of measuring research use that provides significant insights with a favorable balance of costs and benefits.
We are attempting to understand the interplay of methods and research questions in the field of studies on the use of research evidence.
Whether it is instrumental or conceptual, research use needs to be measured in order to be understood. But what exactly are we measuring?
Research works in subtle ways to influence policy decisions and practice. Bill Penuel and Anna-Ruth Allen outline three approaches that can help identify the uptake of ideas from research in practice.