Practices of brokering knowledge in the knowledge translation process within NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands studies
This project is exploring how knowledge is brokered in the implementation strategies and processes employed by the clinical studies within CLAHRC East Midlands. Implementation is recognised as a journey that is iteratively and continually constructed in intimate relation to a particular form of work (Roe, Rowley and Seymour, 2014). This journey is completed by the activities of the project teams, health and educational professionals, patients, PPI groups, commissioners, knowledge brokers, and managers. The ‘CLAHRC 1’ evaluations revealed that these actors had very different values and expectations that were shaped by different institutional and contextual concerns. Knowledge brokering has been found to help overcome these barriers (Waring et al., 2011), and the research seeks to build on this by exploring the ways a shared interest around the benefits of the intervention can be achieved. The project will explore how knowledge brokering occurs as an activity involving all project members by primarily using an observational approach.
This project has three primary research questions:
- What are the practices involved in recognising and valuing different forms of knowledge in implementing educational and technological interventions in CLAHRC EM projects?
- What practices are used to acquire, translate and communicate different forms of knowledge in implementing educational and technological interventions in CLAHRC EM projects?
- What practices support the use and application of different forms of knowledge in implementing educational and technological interventions in CLAHRC EM projects?
The researchers on the project are developing and ongoing literature review on knowledge brokering, which is helping to inform the investigation. Data is now being collected with three projects that are based in Nottingham and Leicester.