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This year marks an important milestone for CSC’s Research Branch as the unit proudly celebrates 30 years of applied correctional research. Over the past 3 decades, CSC researchers have produced over 500 research publications and made important contributions to the field of corrections. The work of the Research Branch has helped shape the Canadian correctional model and continues to support, inform and influence decision making across all levels of the organization.
Key to the unit’s function and contribution to the Service is the communication of research results in usable and understandable ways. In an applied correctional setting, it is helpful to think of research in practice as a process rather than products and to avoid thinking of decision making as a single event. Research evidence weaves in and out of the decision-making process and our role involves not only producing research that is relevant, meaningful and timely but also to ensure that individuals have that research in hand to inform discussions on policy, programs and operations.
CSC research is circulated to a broad range of audiences including CSC executives, operational managers and frontline staff as well as external stakeholders and the general public. In doing so, we recognize that in order for research to be translated into practice, it needs to be interpreted in a way that is meaningful to the operational setting. This means that the answer to the question “what does it mean” may vary depending on the audience and the role and responsibilities of the reader. For instance, results of a study may have different implications for a discussion at the executive table as they would to decision making at the case management level. Continuous and ongoing informal exchanges of knowledge and information, discussions of research findings and operations, and engagement with internal and external partners is critical to maximizing the potential reach, use and impact of the information gleaned from research.
As we continue to expand our correctional knowledge base, the new challenge becomes consistently building on previous work and effectively managing, organizing, consolidating and communicating research amassed over the years. We hope that this Research Digest will help highlight some of the most recent research publications and will help promote continued engagement with both internal and external partners to help ensure research evidence is present to inform and influence the varied and complex correctional issues we face daily.
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