Utilization of social science research: Results of a pilot study among Australian sociologists and criminologists

Cherney, Adrian and McGee, Tara Renae (2011) Utilization of social science research: Results of a pilot study among Australian sociologists and criminologists. Journal of Sociology, 47 2: 144-162. doi:10.1177/1440783310386831


Author Cherney, Adrian
McGee, Tara Renae
Title Utilization of social science research: Results of a pilot study among Australian sociologists and criminologists
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2011-06-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783310386831
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 162
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Researchers, as well as decision-makers and practitioners, often wonder what becomes of the results of research in the social sciences. At present in Australia, we know very little on the subject. This article reports results from a survey of academic sociologists and criminologists about the utilization of their research. It tests an empirical model that derives its dependent and independent variables from prior studies on knowledge utilization, and defines research utilization as a six-stage cumulative process. Results indicate that while there are decreasing reported levels of research utilization across the stages by practitioners and professionals, academic sociologists and criminologists report their research is more often used conceptually. Variables that distinguished respondents who report high levels of utilization were investments in linkage and exchange mechanisms. The discussion is placed in a broader context related to measuring the impact of social research and the factors that inhibit and facilitate this process.
Keyword Research impact
Research utilization
Social science
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print February 8, 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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