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Making a reality of evidence-based practice

Sandra Nutley and Huw Davies

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0015
Making a reality of evidence-based practice

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For all the growth in a robust evidence base over recent decades, it has repeatedly been shown that such evidence often fails to have the impact that it might. Studies in healthcare show that it can take more than a decade before research evidence on the effectiveness of interventions passes through the system to become part of established practice. Other parts of the public sector – such as education, social care, and criminal justice services – are only beginning to grapple with what it means to be ‘evidence-based’. This chapter focuses more on service delivery and professional practice. It uses a diverse set of ideas from the social sciences – such as the diffusion of innovations and theories of individual and organisational learning – to explore how evidence might impact on services in a more timely and organised manner.

Keywords: social science; organisational learning; healthcare; professional practice; interventions

Chapter.  11164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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