How practitioner-led research could have greater impact: the importance of considering knowledge mobilisation holistically

Claire Lightowler, Catherine-Rose Stocks-Rankin, Heather Wilkinson

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Literature about practitioner research focuses on the production of research or building of research capacity, with limited exploration of the wider contribution that practitioner research can make to knowledge mobilisation (KM). This paper draws on findings from a practitioner research project to explore how practitioner research can facilitate KM. We suggest that more would be achieved if KM initiatives were informed by a holistic model which recognises that knowledge mobilisation is influenced by: the actors involved (and the dynamics between them), environmental context, knowledge content and type, mechanisms for mobilising knowledge, and the underpinning values and principles.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalEvidence and Policy
Early online date4 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2017


  • knowledge mobilisation
  • research use
  • knowledge exchange
  • practitioner research

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