Integrating strategies for delivering evidence informed practice


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Content type
Policy and practice paper

December 2008


Fiona Arney, Leah Bromfield

While policy and practice should be informed by high quality evidence, there is an array of barriers and contexts that can impede this process. This article introduces the Cultures in Context Model of Research Use, which provides a conceptual framework explaining the relationships between research, policy and practice. The model includes six factors: organisational culture or climate; pragmatics; individual factors; sources of information; nature of the evidence; and linkage and exchange mechanisms. After describing the factors, the article uses the model to examine strategies being employed in five different Australian child welfare organizations.

This paper draws substantially from the Research Use in Australian Child and Family Welfare project, funded by the Australian Centre for Child Protection and undertaken in collaboration by th Centre and the National Child Protection Clearinghouse  The Australian Centre for Child Protection is funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.


The Integrating Strategies for Delivering Evidence Informed Practice report is available in PDF format only.


The authors would like to acknowledge their collegues Kerry Lewig (Australian Centre for Child Protection) and Prue Holzer (National Child Protection Clearinghouse) for their work in relation to the Cultures in Context Model.  The authors would also like to acknowledge Annette Michaux, Cathy Humphreys, and Gaby Marcus for their input into developing the organisational profiles.