The utilisation of social science research - the perspectives of academic researchers in Australia

Cherney, Adrian, Head, Brian, Povey, Jenny, Boreham, Paul and Ferguson, Michele (2015) The utilisation of social science research - the perspectives of academic researchers in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 51 2: 252-270. doi:10.1177/1440783313505008

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Author Cherney, Adrian
Head, Brian
Povey, Jenny
Boreham, Paul
Ferguson, Michele
Title The utilisation of social science research - the perspectives of academic researchers in Australia
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783313505008
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 252
End page 270
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This article reports results from a survey of academic social scientists in Australian universities on reported levels of research utilisation by non-academic users. Using the scale of research utilisation we examine levels of research impact and explore a range of variables to understand factors influencing the use of academic social science research by policy-makers and practitioners. The results indicate that research uptake is enhanced through mechanisms that improve research transfer and the intensity of interactions between academic researchers and users. Our findings provide insights into how the impact of social science research can be improved and draws attention to factors that need to be considered in efforts to evaluate and enhance the impact of academic social research.
Keyword Applied sociology
Research impact
Research utilisation
Social science research
Non-academic social research
Academic social research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2014 Collection
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