The role of intermediary organisations in the utilisation of research

Galant, Jaamiah (2005)

CITATION: Galant, J. 2005. The role of intermediary organisations in the utilisation of research. Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUNMeDIA.

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This series of publications is the result of research conducted at the Centre for Research on Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. Volume 5.

We identified a number of interesting examples where researchers reported that they were engaged in research projects that utilised innovative organisational forms in engaging with funders, users and other stakeholders (e.g. practitioners). These organisational forms seemed to act as intermediary agencies between researchers and users. We selected nine of these examples as the focus of the mini-case studies presented in this Volume. The mini-case studies describe how non-standard organisational forms, which include forums, networks and associations, have become involved in the production and utilisation of research in a range of diverse scientific and institutional contexts. The minicase studies seek to illustrate new modes of ‘interactive engagement’ between users, intermediary agencies and researchers, that impact on the production, dissemination and utilisation of research.

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