Thanks to an idea from Alan Fricker, we’re reading articles from HILJ for our CPD. I’m in charge of this round and I’ve picked the following article:
van der Graaf, P. , Cheetham, M. , McCabe, K. and Rushmer, R. (2018), Localising and tailoring research evidence helps public health decision making. Health Info Libr J, 35: 202-212. doi:10.1111/hir.12219
Published research evidence is typically not readily applicable to practice but needs to be actively mobilised.
This paper explores the mechanisms used by information professionals with a specific knowledge mobilisation role to make evidence useful for local decision making and planning of public health interventions.
Data are drawn from a NIHR project that studied how, when, where and by whom published research evidence is used in commissioning and planning across two sites (one in England and one in Scotland). Data included 11 in‐depth interviews with information professionals, observations at meetings and documentary analysis.
Published research evidence is made fit for local commissioning and planning purposes by information professionals through two mechanisms. They localise evidence (relate evidence to local context and needs) and tailor it (present actionable messages).
Knowledge mobilisation roles of information professionals are not recognised and researched. Information professionals contribute to the ‘inform’ and ‘relational’ functions of knowledge mobilisation; however, they are less involved in improving the institutional environment for sustainable knowledge sharing.
Information professionals are instrumental in shaping what evidence enters local decision making processes. Identifying and supporting knowledge mobilisation roles within health libraries should be the focus of future research and training.
I work a lot in public health so I’ve picked this because of relevance to my own area of practice. I also think that knowledge mobilisation is something that we as information professionals should maybe pay some attention to.
What? What do you think of this article? How do you feel about tailoring and localising evidence? What do you think of the research methods? Is there something else that you would have liked to have seen included in the article?
So what? Does this change your view of public health practice? Does it make you critically reflect on your own practice, especially when conducting evidence searches?
Now what? Will you change your practice as a result of reading this article? If so, how? If not, why not?