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Have you commissioned research or used secondary evidence?

November 23, 2016

The Knowledge Translation Network (KTN) is looking for any good illustrative examples from community organisations for it's new Secondary Evidence Guide. Andrew Paterson, who manages the Communities Channel Scotland website, is a KTN member.

Previous KTN report coverThere are two key areas where we’re looking for examples:

An example of someone who has commissioned some external research.

We’re looking for a short paragraph or two explaining why you wanted the research, why you commissioned it (e.g. not having staff capacity for the project/not having all the necessary skills/thinking it would be more credible if it came from an external organisation etc.), and what you did with it (or what you are planning on doing with it if it’s still underway).

A few examples of how people have used secondary evidence.

We’re looking for a couple of sentences which shows how you've used secondary evidence and what the value of this was (e.g. ‘’we used secondary evidence to highlight the need for our project. We included some of it in a funding application and we were awarded a grant”, or “we used secondary evidence to see if our youth work programme was as effective as others. We spotted some areas for improvement and now our project is even more successful.” Etc.

By 'secondary evidence' we mean evidence that has been generated by someone other than yourself or your organisation. In contrast ‘primary evidence’ is evidence gathered by your third sector or community organisation about its own activities and approaches

We can either attribute examples (to an individual and/or organisation) or keep them anonymous if you would prefer.

If you have an example you would like to share, please contact Andrew Paterson, andrew@scdc.org.uk or 0141 222 4837.

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