Knowledge in Society

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 42–56

Intervening factors in the utilization of social research


  • Sune Sunesson
    • Lund University
  • Kjell Nilsson
    • Lund University
  • Birgitta Ericson
    • Lund University
  • Britt-Marie Johansson
    • Lund University

DOI: 10.1007/BF02737074

Cite this article as:
Sunesson, S., Nilsson, K., Ericson, B. et al. Knowledge in Society (1989) 2: 42. doi:10.1007/BF02737074


In Swedish welfare agencies, it was found that the importance of characteristics of social research for utilization was related to three intervening factors: the context of origin of the research, the functions for the user and the utilization context. These factors seem to explain the difference between competing notions on the importance of scientific sophistication for research utilization.

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