The Uses of Research: A Case Study In Research And Policy

Three case studies of the use of research and evaluation results in a provincial ministry of education are presented. The cases are frames in terms of Cousins and Leithwood (1986) review of the research utilization literature. The factors affecting utilization in each case are analyzed. The cases point to the need for a stronger political orientation in examining research use in organizations. Implications for the study of utilization and for the conduct of useful research are drawn.