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For many years, the William T. Grant Foundation has funded research on ways to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Initially, this work focused on building theory. Investigators …
An invitation: Help us to conceptualize what “quality” research evidence use means
Improving 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.
Using Research Well: A Framework for Understanding Quality Use of Research Evidence
Empirical understanding of the “how” of policymakers’ research use can inform our theoretical explanations of the “why”.
Fresh Insights on Measuring Research Use: Policymaker Perspectives on How Theory Falls Short
In a recent interview we conducted with a congressional aide, she remarked that she was often inundated with research when working on a new policy issue. The aide’s primary goal in seeking out research evidence was to bring a …
Conceptual Use of Research Evidence May Be More Common Than You Think
Big-data can provide a means of measuring research use that provides significant insights with a favorable balance of costs and benefits.
Measuring Research Use and The Promise of Big Data
We are attempting to understand the interplay of methods and research questions in the field of studies on the use of research evidence.
Studying the Use of Research Evidence: Methods and Measures in a Complex Field

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