Knowledge to Practice or Knowledge of Practice? A Comparison of Two Approaches to Bringing Science to Service

  • David E. Duffee
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

This chapter examines the struggles to get everyday clinical treatment to utilize empirically supported or tested theories in guiding treatment practice. It does not cover the findings of treatment studies themselves. These topics are covered in a variety of other print and electronic sources (e.g., Campbell Collaboration; Cochrane Collaboration; Cullen & Gendreau, 2000; Lipsey, 1992, 1995; Lipsey, Wilson, & Cothern, 2000). Instead, this chapter reviews the literature on how evidence about treatment process and outcomes is applied to practice. In some types of treatment research, the distinction between studying treatment and using the results is relatively fuzzy. In others, the difference between creating knowledge and applying it is more distinct. The research practice that draws firmer boundaries is probably more familiar in the field of criminology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Duffee
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University at Albany, SUNYAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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