Evidence-use: evaluation, innovation and participation

Theme overview
CRFR has expertise in knowledge exchange. It is experienced in making research more accessible for policy makers, practitioners, research participants, academics and the wider public in order to increase its impact and open up debate and discussion about research questions and research findings to explore ways in which knowledge can lead to action.  CRFR works closely with the public and voluntary sectors aiming for collaborative and inclusive approaches to research. Its About Families project took a particularly innovative approach to closing the knowledge to action gap.Since 2008 CRFR has developed a specialism in assessing the impact of research on policy, practice and society. This has included work to assess the impact of our own research; work funded by JISC to assess the impact of participatory research, advice to academics on developing REF impact case studies; and workshops and seminars on research impact.CRFR has particular expertise in using contribution analysis to assess research impact and evaluate projects and programmes and have worked with Alcohol Focus Scotland, Starcatchers and West Lothian Council, and NESS using this approach to create an evaluation framework.
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Current projects in this theme
Impact Evaluation of Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug Programme
What Works Scotland
What Works Scotland Evidence to Action project
Working across qualitative longitudinal studies: A feasibility study looking at care and intimacy
CRFR Publications
CRFR Briefing 85: Young Edinburgh Action: Reinvigorating young people’s participation in Edinburgh
CRFR Briefing 79: Evaluating the Young Mothers’ Service using contribution analysis: lessons learned
CRFR Briefing 73: Developing an evidence service for the children and families workforce
CRFR conference briefing 2013: Claiming an evidence base for services and interventions (with Inspiring Scotland and Evaluation Support Scotland)
CRFR Briefing 66: Assessing research impact: A case study of participatory research
CRFR Briefing 57: Knowledge Exchange at CRFR: Past, present, future

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