|The DRUSSA literature review on Knowledge Utilisation|
|Monday, 10 August 2015 09:49|
As part of the DRUSSA programme, a literature review has been conducted in the field of Knowledge Utilisation. It is a resource that contains six essays on key topics. We believe that this report contains topics relevant to scholars and practitioners interested in learning more about the extant literature on research uptake and utilisation.
It is expected that a range of audiences may benefit from reading the essays in this report, but particularly students of CREST’s MPhil and PhDs courses in research uptake and impact assessment, as well as the participants of the DRUSSA programme.
Three main objectives achieved through these essays are:
Objective 1: To provide a review of the evolution of the science policy context and to explain the changing context for universities:
In section 1 we provide an overview of the evolution of the science policy environment globally. We also aimed to consider the impact of these trends on the university– especially in the developing world.
Objective 2: An overview of theories of knowledge and research utilisation
We conducted an extensive review of the various fields of scholarship that have contributed towards our understanding of knowledge utilisation and knowledge utilisation management. The section includes an in-depth analysis of existing models of knowledge utilisation, with special attention to the paradigms within which these models have been developed, as well as the underlying assumptions for these models.
Objective 3: Strategies, mechanisms and tools for research uptake
Section 3 of the report provides insight into key theoretical and practical considerations for stakeholder engagement and stakeholder engagement plan development. Here we provide a brief introduction to the theory, practice and trends in the field of science communication, and introduce relevant models, role players and processes.
Read the Literature Review on Knowledge Utilisation here
Dr Sara Grobbelaar is a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa