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Assessing models of research utilization for emergency management practice


Owen, C and Krusel, N and Bethune, L, Assessing models of research utilization for emergency management practice, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 31, (4) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1471-8197 (2022) [Refereed Article]


In Australian and New Zealand emergency management organizations, using research to inform practice has been increasing. However, models to inform utilization remain untested. This paper assesses two models of research utilization to inform the practice of emergency managers. These are the science-push/demand-pull model and a socially interactive organizational model. The paper discusses findings from a 2018 survey that was used to investigate the perceived effectiveness of research utilization. The findings show that both models are positively associated with implementation of research utilization and perceived organizational learning. However, the socially interactive organizational model was a better fit to predict these indicators. Of the social interaction variables, conversations and communities-of-practice were positively associated with utilization. The findings show that more work is needed to understand the organizational conditions that facilitate successful implementation of research outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research utilization/utilization, learning, emergency services organizations, evidence-informed practice; socially interactive organizational model, communities-of-practice
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
ID Code:145670
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2021-07-31
Last Modified:2022-11-10

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