Knowledge Use as Knowledge Creation: Reexamining the Contribution of the Social Sciences to Decision Making

Joseph R. Demartini, Les B. Whitbeck

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The use of social science knowledge by policymakers has fallen short of what many social scientists would prefer. Research that supports this conclusion may be flawed by a methodological bias that overlooks the variety of knowledge sources used by decision makers. A survey of social workers that measures knowledge use from the perspective of the user, rather than the producer, of information identifies three types of knowledge sources, all of which are integrated in the decision-making process. We argue here for a shift in the direction of knowledge utilization research that will recognize similarities between knowledge use and knowledge creation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalScience Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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