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Document Number: 5549

Making Research Matter More - The author explores the grounds for criticism of education research, its impact on policy and practice, and how impact “happens.” He proposes a three-part “model of impact” addressing the interrelationship of research production, research use, mediators (i.e., media, think tanks, etc.) and social contexts, and provides his assessment of research impact in education. His findings? Research is inadequate and often narrowly conceived. There is a limited capacity to use research among all stakeholders and inadequate linkages exist between the worlds of policy and practice. The paper identifies promising developments in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and provides specific recommendations for improving research production, use, and links between production and use. One recommendation: strengthen the connection between research and professional development in user organizations. (Ben Levin, Education Policy Analysis Archives, October 2004)...

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