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The following Evidence & Policy Editors' Choice articles are free to access until 31 July 2019:

How practitioner-led research could have greater impact: the importance of considering knowledge mobilisation holistically
Author: Lightowler, Claire; Stocks-Rankin, Catherine-Rose; Wilkinson, Heather

‘It is common to refer to the importance of taking an interdisciplinary perspective. Claire Lightowler and colleagues take the challenge seriously in this paper, demonstrating how taking an interdisciplinary perspective can bring parallels between different fields of study into sharp relief. Drawing on the under-explored parallels between knowledge mobilisation and practitioner-led research, the authors use Contribution Analysis to explore the process of supporting practitioner-researchers to conduct practitioner-led inquiry into services for older people in Scotland. The paper is likely to be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and service-users who want to understand how to achieve more equitable forms of knowledge exchange.’

Measuring collaboration and communication to increase implementation of evidence-based practices
Author: Palinkas, Lawrence A; Garcia, Antonio; Aarons, Gregory; Finno-Velasquez, Megan; Fuentes, Dahlia; Holloway, Ian; Chamberlain, Patricia.

‘The challenge of measuring the processes that could contribute to the cultural change necessary for the use of evidence is met head-on in this paper by Lawrence Palinkas and colleagues. As part of an experimental evaluation of the implementation of an evidence-based intervention for treatment of behavioural health problems in foster care youth, they report how the Cultural Exchange Inventory was developed and tested to measure both the process and outcome of such cultural change.’

Development of a framework for knowledge mobilisation and impact competencies
Author: Bayley, Julie Elizabeth; Phipps, David; Batac, Monica; Stevens, Ed.

‘Lessons from practice are valuable, as demonstrated by Julie Bayley and colleagues in this Practice paper about how knowledge brokers’ skill profiles are lost to public access once posts are filled. Setting out the breadth and depth of knowledge brokers’ skills (which include change management, knowledge identification and appraisal, communication and stakeholder engagement), the authors also make the pertinent point that it is important for knowledge brokers to articulate and promote their grasp of these professional and academic skills so that they are more widely-recognised.’

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