chapter  16
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Knowledge Integration

For the applied and practice disciplines, research is not simply an end in itself, but rather a means toward something bigger, better, stronger, deeper, or more critically informed than the status quo. Thus the motivation for ensuring that the fruits of our research are making a contribution to that applied knowledge enterprise rather than simply sitting on a dusty shelf is built right into the research act from the outset. Interpretive description as an approach to the study of qualitative kinds of questions is an explicit claim that one is purposeful in one’s research toward the kind of engagement in the world that our various professions and disciplines stand for. This means that the kinds of activities we are referring to when we talk about knowledge translation have been built into the very inspiration for our project, as well as integrated throughout its design and implementation, and not simply tacked onto the end as an afterthought.