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About the study

Mobilising knowledge to improve UK health care: learning from other countries and other sectors is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research programme (project ref 11/2004/10).

The study ran from January 2013 to June 2014. The study aimed to promote cross-sector and cross-country learning about effective approaches to getting research into practice (often termed knowledge mobilisation or KM).

To do this we were:

  • mapping the knowledge mobilisation strategies currently used by prominent research funders, research producers and research intermediaries in health care, social care and education.
  • teasing out the models and theories that underpin these strategies.
  • exploring what is known about their success or otherwise.

We involved key research funders, producers and intermediaries in health care in the UK throughout the study to ensure that the study outputs are relevant and readily usable by these organisations.

The study was based in the School of Management, University of St Andrews and in the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI). SDHI encompasses the variety of inter-disciplinary health-related research being conducted in both the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews.

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