Alison PetchBiography

Alison Petch has spent most of her career involved with research and policy, latterly in health and social care. She spent two-thirds of her career undertaking research, including eight years at the Social Work Research Centre (Stirling University) and twelve years as Director of the Nuffield Centre for Community Care Studies (Glasgow University). For the last third she has focused on trying to ensure research and other forms of evidence translate into practice, initially with Research in Practice for Adults in England and currently with IRISS in Scotland. At IRISS we seek to support positive change through embedding research, creativity and innovation.


Where do knowledge mobilisation, policy and practice meet?

Drawing on her experience of working with organisations seeking to embed evidence in policy and practice, AP will explore the extent to which the worlds of knowledge mobilisation and of policy and practice meet. This will include discussion of competing priorities and agendas, the extent to which individuals and organisations from different spheres share a common language, and ways in which different worlds can be brought closer together. She will illustrate her thoughts with examples and reflections from the work of IRISS.

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