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dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Peteren_UK
dc.contributor.authorRutherfoord, Roberten_UK
dc.contributor.authorConnelly, Steveen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Lizen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDurose, Catherineen_UK
dc.contributor.authorVanderhoven, Daveen_UK
dc.description.abstractResearch into the barriers of getting evidence produced by academics into policymaking processes has often highlighted the lack of research on academics and what they do, as compared to what policymakers do. This was most recently highlighted in a systematic review of the literature (Oliver et al, 2014). This paper reports on research carried out with academics who were tasked with producing evidence reviews for the UK Department for Communities and Local Government based on research funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. Using a novel co-produced methodology the academics were interviewed by an academic and a UK civil servant, with the analysis carried out by both. Using an interpretive approach, the findings identify specific meaning-making stories or practices that were enablers or barriers to producing evidence suitable for policymakers. The paper identifies three areas that affect academic behaviour at the nexus with policymaking: career biographies; disciplinary background; and the contradictory institutional pressures on academics. We conclude by arguing for a more collaborative approach between academics and policymakers. The co-produced approach also allowed us to identify the need for policymakers and civil servants to learn more about the different drivers of academics and the ways in which they work.en_UK
dc.publisherPolicy Pressen_UK
dc.relationMatthews P, Rutherfoord R, Connelly S, Richardson L, Durose C & Vanderhoven D (2018) Everyday stories of impact: interpreting knowledge exchange in the contemporary university. Evidence and Policy, 14 (4), pp. 665-682.
dc.rightsThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license ( which permits adaptation, alteration, reproduction and distribution without further permission provided the original work is attributed. The derivative works do not need to be licensed on the same terms.en_UK
dc.subjectacademic evidenceen_UK
dc.titleEveryday stories of impact: interpreting knowledge exchange in the contemporary universityen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleEvidence and Policyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderArts and Humanities Research Councilen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Communities and Local Governmenten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sheffielden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Manchesteren_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.description.refREF Compliant by Deposit in Stirling's Repositoryen_UK
dc.relation.funderprojectTranslation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy processen_UK
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