This is the video and transcript of the presentations of a plenary panel at the 2012 NIJ Conference that focused on researcher-practitioner partnerships and how they redefine the way that crime and criminal justice are being studied.
Jeff Rojek, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, discusses the various types of researcher-practitioner partnerships in law enforcement agencies in the United States as determined from a nationwide survey, as well as the facilitators and barriers for such partnerships. Tami Sullivan - Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine - was involved in a study of the infrastructure that facilitates researcher-practitioner partnerships. Issues in developing researcher-practitioner partnerships are funding, the availability of the researcher, and the high overhead costs at a lot of universities. The partnership was found to be more beneficial when the planning stages included conversations about the practical aspects of transitioning research findings into agency practices. Vivien Tseng - Vice-President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation - discusses the importance of having effective strategies for ensuring the products of research are integrated into practice. This is facilitated by structuring researcher-practitioner partnerships that give priority to determining the implications of research findings for how an agency performs its work.
Date Published: June 1, 2012