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Translating Research into Practice: The Role of Web-Based Education

Like most scientists, researchers working in human services presum­ ably want their findings to influence practitioner behavior. However, successful researchers must focus their resources on getting grants, con­ ducting studies and publishing articles in peer reviewed journals. Con­ versely, line staff responsible for the day-to-day provision of human services often want to be kept informed of the latest research, but rarely have the time or the training necessary to search, review, evaluate, and synthesize the scientific literature within the context of their daily work. The result of this disjunction has come to be known as the “researchpractice gap” (Lamb & Greenlick, 1998).