Conceptual Frameworks and Making Sense of Evidence and Knowledge Production

Lead Research Organisation: University of Aberdeen
Department Name: School of Medical Sciences

Abstract

This programme of seminars investigated meanings of ‘evidence’ from interdisciplinary, professional and lay perspectives.



As knowledge production is becoming more diverse and democratised, multidisciplinary teams are being configured to explore complexity. Research users are being drawn into the research process at different stages and the boundary between the creators and users of knowledge and evidence is being redrawn. However, as lay knowledge is being incorporated into research approaches, scientific knowledge has become increasingly systematised and selective with the emergence of evidence-based medicine and management/policy.



The co-applicants investigated meanings of evidence from interdisciplinary, professional and lay perspectives. A total of 3 seminars took place at the Universities of Aberdeen; St Andrew's and Bristol respectively between 2009-2011.



The series created a unique collaboration between four academic leaders from multiple disciplines who would not usually have the opportunity to work together. It also explored issued relating to knowledge translation across academic and research-user audiences.



The overall feedback was excellent.

Publications


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Cartwright N (2013) Knowing what we are talking about: why evidence doesn't always travel in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
Lambert H (2013) Plural forms of evidence in public health: tolerating epistemological and methodological diversity in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
Lora-Wainwright A (2013) Plural forms of evidence and uncertainty in environmental health: a comparison of two Chinese cases in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
McKevitt C (2013) Experience, knowledge and evidence: a comparison of research relations in health and anthropology in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
Petticrew M (2013) Public health evaluation: epistemological challenges to evidence production and use in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
 
Description Inspired a series of research articles.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy
Impact Types Policy & public services