Reports of practitioners’ use of public affairs faculty published research

Barry Bozeman, Stuart Bretschneider, Spencer Lindsay, John P. Nelson, Nicolas Didier

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    Using a unique dataset built around published papers in top quality public policy, public administration and program evaluation journals, we find that 29.7% of respondent authors indicate that the knowledge from their articles was used by policymakers or public administrators. These data are used to test for different patterns of use for policy vs management knowledge. Findings suggest that journal quality positively affects policy use but negatively affects management use and that topics suggested by practitioners affect management use but not policy use. The researchers’ degree of motivation to have their work used is important in both types of knowledge use. Overall, the results suggest there may be greater spillovers to practical use derived from standard academic publishing pursuits than generally believed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)719-732
    Number of pages14
    JournalStudies in Higher Education
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 2023


    • Knowledge utilization
    • public affairs practitioners
    • public affairs research
    • research authors
    • research use

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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