Empowering Human Services Organizations to Embrace Evidence-informed Practice: International Best Practices

Katharine A. Dill, Wes Shera

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    Abstract

    Human service organizations are increasingly using knowledge as a mechanism for implementing change. Knowledge emerging from many sources that may include academic publications, grey literature, and service user and practitioner wisdom contributes toward informing best practice. The question is: how do we harness this knowledge to make practice more effective? This paper synthesizes the lessons learned from eight international organizations that have made a commitment to knowledge mobilization as an important priority in their mission and operation. The paper provides a conceptual model, tools and resources to help human services organizations create strategies for building, enhancing or sustaining their knowledge mobilization efforts. The paper describes a flexible blueprint for human service organizations to leverage knowledge mobilization efforts at all levels of service delivery.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)323-338
    Number of pages16
    JournalHuman Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance
    Volume39
    Issue number4
    Early online date01 Jun 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • knowledge mobilization
    • human services
    • linking research to practice
    • evidence-informed

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