Making a Difference: Translating Information Research into Practice, Policy, and Action

Kendra S. Albright, Kimberly Black, Clara M. Chu, Jia Tina Du, Bill Edgar, Baheya S. Jaber, Bharat Mehra, Christina Turner

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This panel presents information research cases translating impact into practice, policy, and action that make a difference in varied contexts of study. Initiatives of collective impact are applied and/or proposed, and the following models of research and research studies, exemplifying critical collective impact and making a difference IN research and WITH communities, are discussed in the following three panel presentations: 1. Towards a Critical Approach to Community-engaged Information Research and Shared Knowledge; 2. From Research to Strategic Planning to Collective Action: A Logic Model Using Theory of Change to Further Civic Engagement for Racial Justice in Public Libraries; 3. Building a Smart City Portal for a Sustainable Future Through a Collective Impact Approach. The presentations are followed by critical engagement with the audience in the session to interrogate making a difference, what contributes to effective community engagement and translatable results, that is, difference in making (process) and making a difference (impact). Panelists represent both practice-based and academic settings who report on their research, projects, and reflections on applying collective impact in making a difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-741
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2023


  • Theory of Change
  • collective impact
  • community portal
  • community-engaged information behavior
  • logic model
  • racial justice
  • research translation
  • smart city

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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