Knowledge Translation: Introduction to Models, Strategies, and Measures - Framework in Evaluating Knowledge Use

Knowledge use is not a single discrete event occurring at one point in time. Rather, it is a process consisting of several events (Rich, 1991). Therefore, evaluating the use of knowledge can be complex and requires a multidimensional and systematic approach. Having a framework to guide the process when designing activities to evaluate the use of knowledge can be helpful.

An example of a comprehensive framework that can be used to guide the evaluation of knowledge use is that developed by Conner (1980). Conner proposed a conceptual model for research utilization evaluation, with the emphasis on four general aspects that are important for the evaluator to consider: (1) goals, (2) inputs, (3) processes, and (4) outcomes.


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