The Role of Research in Practice

Kimberly Gentry Sperber, Talbert House
Martha L. Henderson-Hurley, OH Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction
Dena Hanley, University of Akron

Practitioners are often criticized for lacking objectivity and quality research designs in evaluation research. Academicians often fail to consider the needs and issues regarding practical, applied research. This paper examines applied research conducted by three different types of evaluators: internal, external and governmental. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of research are discussed. Additionally, issues that should be considered by both practitioners and academicians are presented.

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Updated 05/20/2006