Article – Going beyond ‘context matters’: A lens to bridge knowledge and policy

While this article from INTEGRATION AND IMPLEMENTATION INSIGHTS is more relevant to EDs, it does have value for front line workers as we attempt to have a grip and work to understand our organization’s and the broader government and social institutions efforts to bridge research to practice. 

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  1. the macro-contextual approach, which has dominated the existing (though limited) literature on context, focuses largely on factors that are usually beyond the sphere of control or influence of those trying to promote the use of knowledge in policy (such as the extent of political freedom, media freedom, etc). In contrast, our intention was to strategically identify potential areas of change for different types of interventions.
  2. we believe that governmental institutions constitute the most direct environment where practices to promote the use of knowledge in policy take place. They are the setting where most decisions about policies are discussed and, most importantly, where they are implemented.
  3. the role of institutions in enabling systemic change has also been widely recognized in development-related projects. Focusing at the institutional level has promising potential to contribute to change because of the significant role borne by institutions within any system  …

See the article here: Going beyond ‘context matters’: A lens to bridge knowledge and policy

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One comment

  1. Bill Dare

    This article helps put a context to considerations of our place in “the big picture” and what makes a difference in systems aiming for recovery. …”Social entrepreneurship is one lens that is available for understanding what will henceforth be referred to as “non-specific” factors such as models of leadership, partnership, and context-relevant conceptualizations of mental illness and intervention [7,8]. Social entrepreneurs have been characterized as change agents who utilize highly flexible approaches to solving social problems that allow them to effectively bridge gaps between multiple sectors and systems [9–11].” http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152083

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