Beyond the research–practice gap

The development of an academic collaborative centre for child and family social work

R. Steen, M.R.F. van Regenmortel, K. Hermans

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Abstract

The gap between research and practice has been a long-standing challenge in social work (e.g. Richmond, 1917; Rubin, 2014). Partnership structures between research facilities and social care organisations are seen as a possible way forward, but knowledge on how such partnerships can be successfully elaborated and implemented in local social work practices is scarce. In this article, we elaborate on our experiences in building an academic collaborative centre (ACC): a long-term partnership between a social service organisation and a university (see also ACCs for public health in the Netherlands, e.g. Garretsen et al., 2007; Molleman and Fransen, 2012; Jansen et al., 2015). Starting from the conceptual framework of Thompson et al. (2009), we open up the black box of our collaboration project and give insight into what turned out to be a long and messy but also a very rich and insightful process. We conclude by identifying three important aspects to implementing a research–practice partnership in local social work practice: (i) informal contacts between the different stakeholders and knowledge brokering, (ii) collaborative research projects and (iii) a general framework of mutuality and agreement in which differences can safely exist and negation can take place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1611–1626
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • BOUNDARY ORGANIZATIONS
  • EMPOWERMENT
  • EXCHANGE
  • GOVERNANCE
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • PARTICIPATION
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • POLICY
  • Partnerships
  • SCIENCE
  • academic collaborative centre
  • evidence-based practice
  • knowledge co-creation
  • research-practice gap

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Beyond the research–practice gap : The development of an academic collaborative centre for child and family social work. / Steen, R.; van Regenmortel, M.R.F.; Hermans, K.

In: British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 48, No. 6, 2018, p. 1611–1626.

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