skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 51457 Find in a Library
Title: IF MOHAMMED WON'T COME TO THE MOUNTAIN...
Journal: EVALUATION, SPECAL ISSUE (1978)  Pages:48-53
Author(s): E M GLASER
Corporate Author: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Inc
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR FACILITATING KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND PLANNED CHANGE--PUTTING RESEARCH FINDINGS TO THE BEST USE--ARE CONSIDERED.
Abstract: TECHNIQUES FOR ASSURING THE UTILITY AND THE USE OF RESEARCH PRODUCTS THAT HAVE PROVED EFFECTIVE IN THE PLANNING AND FUNDING, RESEARCH, PRODUCT (REPORT) PREPARATION, AND POSTRESEARCH PHASES OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ARE REVIEWED. AMONG THESE ACTIVITIES ARE REQUIRING GRANT AND CONTRACT APPLICANTS TO ADDRESS CERTAIN QUESTIONS RELEVANT TO THE PURPOSES AND ULTIMATE USES OF THEIR PROJECTS, MAINTAINING CONTINUOUS CONTACT WITH POTENTIAL USERS DURING THE RESEARCH PHASE, COMPLETING A CAREFUL ITERATIVE (CRITIQUE-REVISION-NEW CRITIQUE) ANALYSIS AND EDITING OF THE RESEARCH REPORT, PLANNING FOR DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH PRODUCTS OR FINDINGS, AND PROMOTING RESEARCHER-USER COOPERATION IN IMPLEMENTING PRODUCTS OR FINDINGS. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT, ALTHOUGH THESE TACTICS HAVE PROVED EFFECTIVE, A MORE COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO FACILITATE KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND PLANNED CHANGE IS NEEDED. SUCH A PROGRAM SHOULD EMPHASIZE INCENTIVES FOR ENTICING POTENTIAL USERS TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT APPEARS RELEVANT TO THEIR SITUATIONS, NEEDS, AND VALUES. THERE IS ALSO A NEED FOR FURTHER RESEARCH ON HOW TO EVALUATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS, AND FOR CLOSER INTERACTION WITH THE ULTIMATE CONSUMERS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO DISCOVER HOW THEY USE, OR MIGHT BETTER USE, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RESULTS. DEVELOPMENTS IN INFORMATION SCIENCE THAT ILLUSTRATES EFFORTS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF USERS ARE CITED. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHOULD OFFER USERS READY ACCESS, SPEEDY TURNAROUND TIME, EASE IN INTERPRETING OUTPUT, AND A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN THE RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, AND COST-BENEFIT OF THE DATA BEING MADE AVAILABLE. THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE BENEFITS OF ENHANCED INFORMATION SCIENCE TECHNIQUES MAY HAVE BEEN OVERSOLD IS POINTED OUT, WITH REFERENCE TO THE FALLACY OF ASSUMING THAT POLICY DECISIONS ARE INFLUENCED PRIMARILY BY THE QUALITY AND VALIDITY OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO DECISIONMAKERS. BECAUSE SUBJECTIVE FACTORS (FEELINGS, VALUES, PREJUDICES, SPECIAL INTERESTS, ETC.) FREQUENTLY EXERT A GREATER INFLUENCE ON DECISIONMAKING THAN DOES THE QUALITY OF INFORMATION, THE FIELDS OF INFORMATION SCIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE UTILIZATION ARE URGED TO STUDY NOT ONLY THE WAY PEOPLE EVALUATE, SYNTHESIZE, AND COMMUNICATE, BUT ALSO WHY THEY DO AS THEY DO, AND HOW THEY MAY BE HELPED TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS. THE NEED FOR FUNDING SOURCES TO GIVE GREATER CONSIDERATION TO SUPPORTING LONGER-TERM RESEARCH IS ALSO NOTED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Information dissemination; Information Systems and Technology; Research and development
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=51457

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.