The foreword of a 2019 William T Grant Foundation monograph notes that it is written “by researchers and for researchers, but its message reverberates far beyond the reaches of the research community” (p. 5). The monograph focuses on the use of research evidence and asks “fundamental questions about the existence, participants, processes, contextual factors, and outcomes” of the use of research evidence (p. 10).

The major purpose of Studying the Use of Research Evidence: A Review of Methods is to offer an overview of how different measures and methods can assess the use of research evidence. The monograph is organized in three sections:

  1. The first section provides a set of core methodological issues and ideas that are central to the study of use of research evidence and highlights key issues that apply to that use.
  2. The second section is organized around specific methodological approaches. Each sub-section – one on data collection methodologies and another on study design methodologies – discusses how a selected methodology can support inferences about use of research evidence.
  3. The final section identifies several key opportunities for moving the field forward.

The book also contains an appendix with additional reference on specific methodological approaches, such as interviews, surveys, observation, social network analysis, and mixed methods.