Knowledge in Society

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 42-56

First online:

Intervening factors in the utilization of social research

  • Sune SunessonAffiliated withLund University
  • , Kjell NilssonAffiliated withLund University
  • , Birgitta EricsonAffiliated withLund University
  • , Britt-Marie JohanssonAffiliated withLund University

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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.