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Improving the Connections Between Research and Practice

“In 2011, we selected a new action topic—improving research-practice connections. Common parlance describes a need to move research to practice, as illustrated in the diagram to the right. The underlying logic here is that researchers need to produce high- quality research, communicate and disseminate it to practitioners, and then practitioners will apply it to their work. The problem is that this framework connotes a one-way street that risks privileging researchers’ perspectives and relegating practitioners as targets for research and dissemination efforts, not as active agents who should inform research agendas.”


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