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can contribute to increased use of research evidence in routine service delivery, leading to improvement in youth behavioural health outcomes. Although PAPs have steadily proliferated in public care for children and youth, the existing literature lacks information about whether PAPs actually lead to public care agency leaders’ use of research evidence and promote youth mental health and well-being outcomes. Our document analysis aimed to obtain insights into contexts and mechanisms of PAPs in the fields of public mental health and child welfare in the U.S. that

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589 Evidence & Policy • vol 14 • no 4 • 589–611 • © Policy Press 2018 Print ISSN 1744 2648 • Online ISSN 1744 2656 • https://doi.org/10.1332/174426417X14982331542543 Accepted for publication 19 June 2017 • First published online 03 July 2017 research Use of research evidence in policymaking in three Danish municipalities Mette Winge Jakobsen, mwjakobsen@health.sdu.dk University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Cathrine Juel Lau, cathrine.juel.lau@regionh.dk Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark Thomas Skovgaard

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Authors: Robert Asen and Whitney Gent

key messages Symbolic uses of research evidence exhibit varying relationships to decision making. Polarisation presents fundamental challenges to conceptions of policy deliberation and research use. The conditions, interactions, and orientations of legislative hearings influence the use of research evidence. In legislative contexts, symbolic use is an unavoidable, important basis for the use of research evidence. This article participates in the growing scholarly recognition that rhetoric and argumentation play important roles in the use of

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103 Evidence & Policy • vol 15 • no 1 • 103–23 • © Policy Press 2019 Print ISSN 1744 2648 • Online ISSN 1744 2656 • https://doi.org/10.1332/174426418X15172392413087 Accepted for publication 08 January 2018 • First published online 30 January 2018 article Just Google it: measuring schools’ use of research evidence with internet search results Zachary Neal,1 zpneal@msu.edu Jennifer Lawlor, lawlorje@msu.edu Jennifer Watling Neal, jneal@msu.edu Kristen Mills, millskr1@msu.edu Kathryn McAlindon, mcalindo@msu.edu Michigan State University, USA Measuring the use

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99 6 Use of research evidence and EBP implementation Family Functional Therapy is the evidence-based program that we had some data from the California Institute of Mental Health and also some websites that look like it was being implemented in Los Angeles County, and we had some contact with them and CIMH and we looked at the research and it looked very promising. So, we made a decision. We were pretty happy with it, the Family Functional Therapy, to move forward with this, so that’s what we did. And it hasn’t disappointed us…My assistant chief talked

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Author: Ruth Stewart

. practice A theory of change for capacity building for the use of research evidence by decision makers in southern Africa Ruth Stewart, ruths@uj.ac.za, University of Johannesburg, South Africa The effective use of public policy to reduce poverty and inequality in southern Africa requires an increased use of research evidence to inform decision making. There is an absence of clear evidence as to how best to encourage evidence-informed decision making, and how to build capacity among decision makers in the use of research. This paper proposes a demand

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Authors: David Gough and Annette Boaz

3 Evidence & Policy • vol 10 • no 1 • 3-4 • © Policy Press 2014 • #EVPOL Print ISSN 1744 2648 • Online ISSN 1744 2656 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426413X13836441441630 Editorial Strategies for enabling the use of research evidence An enormous amount of research is published each year and it is unlikely that all of it is going to become known to, and used by, policy makers, practitioners and others. The nature of the research itself is but one of a multitude of factors that might influence whether or not it is taken up (Brown, 2013). The credibility of an

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Authors: Jill Clark and Elaine Hall

255 Will the lessons be learned? reflections on local authority evaluations and the use of research evidence Jill Clark and Elaine Hall1 Sure Start programmes are complex, community-based initiatives – forerunners of the Children’s Centres Initiative – that have been evaluated nationally and locally. Using an in-depth, retrospective case study of an evaluation of one local programme, the authors raise key issues pertinent to both practice and evaluation in the field, highlighting conflicts and dilemmas both within evaluation generally and, specifically

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Key messages Demonstrates structural validity of a quantitative measure of policymakers’ use of research evidence. Includes scales that assess mechanisms for bridging research and policy. Illustrates the potential for applying rigorous measurement designs with congressional staff. Discusses specific lessons that can inform successful measurement in the future. Background There is growing interest and recognition of the need to use scientific evidence to inform policymaking ( Haskins and Margolis, 2014 ; Commission on Evidence

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The science of delivering evidence-based practices to at-risk youth

Converting research evidence into practice is an issue of growing importance to many fields of policy and practice worldwide. This book, by a leading implementation specialist in child welfare and mental health, addresses the frustrating gap between research conducted on effective practices and the lack of routine use of such practices.

Drawing on implementation science, the author introduces a model for reducing the gap between research and practice. This model highlights the roles of social networks, research evidence, practitioner/policymaker decision-making, research-practice-policy partnerships, and cultural exchanges between researchers and practitioners and policymakers.

He concludes with a discussion of how the model may be used to develop more widespread use of evidence-based practices for the prevention and treatment of behavioural and mental health problems in youth-serving systems of care, as well as partnerships that promote ongoing quality improvement in services delivery.

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