Knowledge brokering: the missing link in the evidence to action chain?

Vicky Ward*, Allan House, Susan Hamer

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    Transferring healthcare research into policy and practice is a messy and complex process that both policy makers and researchers can struggle with. A potential solution is to use individuals or organisations as knowledge brokers. Using a range of literature, this paper explains the theory behind knowledge brokering identifies three models of brokering and explores the challenges of brokering. We suggest that clarifying these factors is a significant step towards planning well-designed and rigorously evaluated brokering interventions.We also suggest that a clearly defined theoretical framework could help us to find out more about how brokering works and its effectiveness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-279
    Number of pages13
    JournalEvidence and Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


    • Healthcare
    • Implementation
    • Knowledge brokering
    • Knowledge transfer


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