Revisiting the “two communities” metaphor of research utilisation

Newman, Joshua (2014) Revisiting the “two communities” metaphor of research utilisation. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27 7: 614-627. doi:10.1108/IJPSM-04-2014-0056

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Author Newman, Joshua
Title Revisiting the “two communities” metaphor of research utilisation
Journal name International Journal of Public Sector Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-3558
1758-6666
Publication date 2014-10-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/IJPSM-04-2014-0056
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 614
End page 627
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose
– The “two communities” metaphor for the relationship between policy and academia is inconsistent with empirical evidence that shows that a sizeable minority of public servants use academic research in their policy-related work. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the two communities metaphor by comparing the personal and professional characteristics of Australian public servants who claim to use research in their policy work with the characteristics of those who claim not to use research.

Design/methodology/approach
– Using data from a survey of 2,084 public servants from the state and federal levels in Australia carried out from 2011 to 2013, tests of statistical significance were conducted for the relationship between some personal and professional characteristics (e.g. gender, age, work experience) and the claim that research is used in policy-related work.

Findings
– The “two communities” metaphor is not an accurate description of the relationship between policy and academia. In reality, public servants who claim to use academic research in their policy work are more likely to have much in common with academics, including having postgraduate degrees and work experience in the university sector.

Research limitations/implications
– Rather than existing as isolated solitudes, the findings in this paper suggest that the policy and academic communities possess links that can encourage the use of research in policy making.

Originality/value
– The findings presented in this paper are especially important for the evidence-based policy movement, which emphasises the value of the use of research evidence in the creation of public policy.
Keyword Knowledge transfer
Generation and dissemination of information
Evidence based policy
Knowledge brokering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 06 Nov 2014, 21:03:27 EST by Joshua Newman on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research