Evidence Cafes: Overcoming conflicting motivations and timings

Clough, Gill and Adams, Anne (2020). Evidence Cafes: Overcoming conflicting motivations and timings. Research for All, 4(2) pp. 145–149.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/RFA.04.2.07


Evidence-based practice is increasingly important in creating effective public services through the balance of high-quality research and valid practice. Yet even when academics and practitioners work together to use evidence in practice, barriers emerge. This paper describes research into equitable knowledge exchange (KE) between academia and practice, drawing on data from 15 Evidence Cafés (ECs) run across the UK with police forces involving 378 participants, represented here with 3 exemplar EC case studies. Our findings reveal the differences between one-way knowledge transfer (KT) and two-way, equitable KE, and how champions and effectively designed and implemented discussion objects can overcome challenges of conflicting motivations and timing. We conclude the need to re-frame KE through the lens of ‘evidence’ and the process of equitable co-creation of new meanings.

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