Autism Research–Policy-Practice Hub

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Autism Research–Policy-Practice Hub (Autism RPP Hub) is a resource bringing together three key communities to one meeting place.


The Opportunity

Research in autism has advanced knowledge about evidence-based methods for identification, diagnosis and intervention in autism.  However:

  • Knowledge emerging from research does not always reach the people who need it most.
  • Key issues affecting individuals with autism are not impacting on research.
  • Many users of autism services, practitioners and policy-makers are not aware of research evidence and how to evaluate it.
  • Increasingly these communities are expected to conduct evidence-based practice; a growing movement of scientists are coming out of the lab and into the real world, whilst understanding that policies and practices need to be tested and their efficacy demonstrated increases in other communities.

The Focus

The Autism RPP Hub is an open access site which aims to engage researchers and non-researchers, raise research awareness, and enable translation of knowledge across areas of expertise to improve outcomes for individuals with autism.


Advancing Knowledge Exchange

Advancing knowledge exchange (knowledge mobilisation) is fundamental to the hub’s work. We champion the use of research in policy and practice throughout the UK and beyond. The hub aims to narrow the gap between research, practice and policy decision making in the areas of identification, diagnosis and intervention of autism by:

  • Engaging and promoting dialogue through links to international and specialist websites, and events for researchers, practitioners and policy workers.
  • Informing and facilitating increased under-standing of scientific research, encouraging access to research and evidence-based methods.
  • Translating information from research into policy and practice and creating partnerships for new research.

The Hub is intended to be a framework and a shared knowledge translation platform.  We hope that anyone with an interest in autism will join in and help develop the translation and exchange of knowledge to motivate excellence in research and encourage evidence-based practice and policy.


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