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Do Research Practice Partnerships offer a promising approach to producing knowledge that improves social care practice and outcomes?

Boaz, Annette, Fitzsimons, Bev, Meakin, Becki, Muirhead, Stuart, Williams, Claire, Weatherley, Melanie, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Smith, Lisa, Langley, Joe, Kendrick, Hannah ORCID: 0000-0001-9026-236X, Malley, Juliette ORCID: 0000-0001-5759-1647 and Bauer, Annette ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-1631 (2023) Do Research Practice Partnerships offer a promising approach to producing knowledge that improves social care practice and outcomes? Journal of Long-Term Care, 2023. 241 - 248. ISSN 2516-9122

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There are many pressing questions about how to deliver adult social care services. Where research evidence exists to address these questions, there is often limited use by social care commissioners, providers and the workforce. Sometimes this is attributed to the lack of perceived relevance and accessibility of the research itself, at other times it is considered to be a matter of individual and organisational capacity. As things stand, there is a gap between social care research and practice. Improving interaction between different stakeholders in the research process is a contemporary mechanism for promoting the production of research that is useful, usable and used. This paper describes one collaborative approach called Research Practice Partnerships (RPPs). These partnerships share the goal of benefit for all partners and are supported by a growing international evidence base. This paper summarises some of the key literature from different countries and contexts where the approach has been tried. It highlights the main features of RPPs, introduces a project setting up three new partnerships in the care home sector in England and highlights aspects of the theory of change that will guide the evaluation of the partnerships. In doing so, the paper introduces a promising collaborative approach to a social care audience and considers whether RPPs have the potential to achieve meaningful and impactful research in social care contexts.

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Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 15:45
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 20:48

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