iSchool faculty members Catherine Blake and Michael Twidale are working as expert advisors to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Information Resource Center (VIReC) on a project to analyze the socio-technical aspects of VA’s HSRData-L Listserv. VIReC is a VA Health Service Research & Development Service (HSR&D) resource center that supports VA researchers in need of information about data resources specific to their research.
Areas of Research:
I focus on improving the usability of scientific research relevant to foreign policy in conflict and post-conflict environments by synthesizing evidence from text. Theory and methods for translating scientific information into evidence-based policy and practice change are also relevant. My service with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan from 2009-2013 convinced me that making relevant social science research more consumable and usable might contribute to more effective policy-making and implementation on the ground.
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Nov. 2, 2015