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Publications from the study

Mobilising knowledge to improve UK health care: learning from other countries and other sectors a multimethod mapping study. Davies HTO, Powell AE and Nutley SM (2015). Health Services and Delivery Research. Volume 3 Issue 27.

Previous publications by the project team

Books, book chapters and reports

Using Evidence: How Research Can Inform Public Services.
Nutley, SM, Walter, IC and Davies, HTO (2007)
Bristol: Policy Press.
“Anyone who has ever written or uttered the words ‘evidence-based policy’ should read this outstanding book. ...(It) will challenge some current beliefs and offer better grounded and more realistic aspirations.” (Carol H Weiss, Beatrice B Whiting Professor Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

What works? Evidence-based policy and practice in public services.
Davies HTO, Nutley, SM and Smith, PC (eds) (2000)
Bristol: Policy Press.

What counts as good evidence? Provocation paper for the Alliance for Useful Evidence. Nutley S, Powell A and Davies H (2012). Alliance for Useful Evidence: London.

What happens next? Getting research into policy and practice. Morton, S. & Nutley, S. M. (2011) In: Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process. Jamieson, L., Simpson, R. & Lewis, R. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Evidence for accountability: Using evidence in the audit, inspection and scrutiny of UK government. Levitt, R. , Martin, S. , Nutley, S. M. & Solesbury, W. (2010) London: Nuffield Foundation.

Using evidence: how social research could be better used to improve public service performance. Davies, H. T. O. , Nutley, S. & Walter, I. (2010) In: Connecting knowledge and performance in public services: from knowing to doing. Walshe, K., Harvey, G. & Jas, P. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 199-225.

Evidence-based policy and practice. Boaz, A. & Nutley, S. M. (2009) In: Public Management and Governance. Bovaird, T. & Loffler, E. (eds.). 2nd ed. London: Routledge

Past, present and possible futures for evidence-based policy. Nutley, S. , Davies, H. T. O. & Walter, I. (2009) In: Evidence for policy and decision-making: a practical guide. Argyrous, G. (ed.). University of New South Wales Press.

Learning more about how research-based knowledge gets used: Guidance in the development of new empirical research. Davies, H. T. O. & Nutley, S. M. (2008) New York: W T Grant Foundation.


Research shapes policy: but the dynamics are subtle. Foy, R., Locock, L., Purdy, S., O’Donnell, C., Gray, N., Doran, T., and Davies, H. (2013) Public Money and Management. Jan 2013 p. 9-14.

A creative approach to the development of an agenda for knowledge utilisation: outputs from the 11th international knowledge utilisation colloquium (KU11). Wilkinson, J. E. , Rycroft-Malone, J. & Davies, H. T. O. (2012) Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Volume 9, Issue 4, p. 195–199.

Communicating social research findings more effectively: what can we learn from other fields? Davies, H. T. O. & Powell, A. E. (2012) Evidence & Policy 8, 2, p. 213-233.

What is evidence? Thistlethwaite , J. E. , Davies, H. T. O. , Dornan, T. , Greenhalgh, T. , Hammick, M. & Scalese, R. (2012) Medical Teacher 34, 6, p. 454-457.

An Exploration of the Roles of Nurse Managers in Evidence-Based Practice Implementation. Wilkinson, J. E. , Nutley, S. M. & Davies, H. T. O. (2011) Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing 8, 4, p. 236-246.

Diagnosing a learning practice: the validity and reliability of a Learning Practice Inventory (LPI) Kelly, D. , Crossley, J. , Lough, M. , Rushmer, R. K. , Greig, G. J. & Davies, H. T. O. (2011) Quality and Safety in Health Care 20, p. 209-215.

Evidence and organisation. Davies, H. T. O. , Nutley, S. M. & Walter, I. C. (2011) Samfundsoekonomen 1, March, p. 48-52.

Debate: Are we all co-producers of research now? Nutley, S. (2010) Public Money and Management 30, 5, p. 263-265.

Evidence and Policy in Six European countries: Diverse approaches and common challenges. Nutley S, Morton S, Jung T and Boaz A (2010) Evidence & Policy 6(2): 131-144

Linking research and policy in Scotland. Jung, T. , Nutley, S. , Morton, S. & Millar, A. (2010) Evidence & Policy 6, 2, p. 213-235.

Research, influence and impact: deconstructing the norms of health services research commissioning. Walshe, K. & Davies, H. T. O. (2010) Policy and Society 29, 2, p. 103-111.

Evidence and policy networks: the UK debate about sex offender community notification. Jung, T. & Nutley, S. M. (2009) APSAC Advisor 1, 3&4, p. 2-11.

Promoting Evidence-based Practice: Models and Mechanisms From Cross-Sector Review. Nutley, S. , Walter, I. & Davies, H. T. O. (2009) Research on Social Work Practice 19, 5, p. 552-559.

Evidence and Policy Networks: the UK debate about sex offender community notification. Jung, T. & Nutley, S. (2008) Evidence & Policy 4, 2, p. 187-207.

Flows of knowledge, expertise and influence: a method for assessing policy and practice impacts from social science research. Meagher, L. , Lyall, C. & Nutley, S. (2008) Research Evaluation 17, 3, p. 163-173.

The many forms of research-informed practice: a framework for mapping diversity. Nutley, S. , Jung, T. & Walter, I. (2008) Cambridge Journal of Education 38, 1, p. 53-71.

Why 'knowledge transfer' is misconceived for applied social research. Davies, H. , Nutley, S. & Walter, I. (2008) Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 13, 3, p. 188-190.