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Advice: Addressing problems of practice through new research and measures

New evidence building and measure development efforts should iteratively address implementation problems that practitioners are facing as these represent real gaps in existing knowledge

Overview

Bridging the evidence and implementation cycles requires the questions being answered by research to be relevant to practice. Answering these questions may also require the validation of new measures or new uses for existing measures.

In order for the evidence and implementation cycles to truly be unified, applied research is necessary to build on the new problems of practice that surface as evidence-based practices are implemented. Evidence building is an iterative process, so information from the dissemination and competencies stemming from existing evidence must feed back into new evidence building efforts. In addition, new constructs or new perspectives on older constructs constantly arise from practice, but knowing what should be measured does not guarantee that it can be measured. Sometimes relevant, necessary, valid, and reliable measures need to be developed.

Researcher Does

  • Takes a particularly applied view of generating evidence.
  • Is especially proactive about asking what questions implementers need answered in order to do their jobs.
  • Focuses measure development on stated, specific needs from the field in order to build measures of relevant constructs and validates them for relevant uses.

Funder Does

  • Takes a particularly applied view of generating evidence.
  • Is especially proactive about funding studies that answer the questions implementers need answered in order to do their jobs.
  • Incentivizes measure development focused on stated, specific needs from the field in order to build measures of relevant constructs and validates them for relevant uses.