Knowledge Exchange—Interaction and Communication between 				Researchers and Practitioners

Short description
The project was part of the research program “Disintegration Processes—Strengthening the Integration Potential of Modern Society” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Because it was investigating a topic of its own, the project ran on after the main research program had finished. The project followed two central lines of enquiry:
1. Which forms of interaction between researchers and practitioners can be identified in the research process?
2. What are the existing publication practices, and how does the process of disseminating research findings work in different fields of practice?

The first data-gathering phase which took the form of fifty qualitative scripted interviews with researchers in the research program and cooperation partners practicing in the field was concluded in 2005. A content analysis evaluation of the interviews was carried out in 2006. A second interview phase in which project leaders were once again asked about their dissemination strategies and a final evaluation of the project were carried out at the end of that year.
During 2006 a standardized survey of the practitioners was also carried out. Hypotheses were developed and further questionnaires planned based on the analysis of the interviews and on relevant literature. For each of the topics covered by the research program professional groups to be surveyed were identified and lists of contacts drawn up. The pre-test and the main survey were conducted by an opinion survey institute and supported and monitored by the project. This survey was analyzed in 2007 and the findings were reported in the 2007 final report.
Herr Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Frau Gudrun Hessler
Herr Dr. Heinz-Günter Micheel
Herr Dr. Kai Unzicker
Cooperation partners
Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF