Jennifer Lawlor

Jennifer Lawlor
University of Kansas | KU · Center for Community Health and Development

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Jennifer Lawlor is an associate researcher at the KU Center for Community Health and Development. She uses engaged and computational research methods to understand how people collaborate and share information to manage complex problems in community settings, with a particular focus on coalitions. She also studies how tools from complexity science and systems thinking can improve the understanding of social issues.
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - February 2021
University of Michigan
Position
  • Research Associate
July 2013 - May 2019
Michigan State University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2015 - June 2020
Michigan State University
Field of study
  • Ecological-Community Psychology

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Publications (21)
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Despite widespread recognition of a research-practice gap in multiple service sectors, less is known about how pre-existing communication channels facilitate the flow of information between researchers and practitioners. In the current study, we applied an existing typology of brokerage developed by Gould and Fernandez (Sociol Methodol 19:89-126, 1...
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Recently, systems thinking and systems science approaches have gained popularity in the field of evaluation; however, there has been relatively little exploration of how evaluators could use quantitative tools to assist in the implementation of systems approaches therein. The purpose of this paper is to explore potential uses of one such quantitati...
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An increased focus on the use of research evidence (URE) in K-12 education has led to a proliferation of instruments measuring URE in K-12 education settings. However, to date, there has been no review of these measures to inform education researchers’ assessment of URE. Here, we systematically review published quantitative measurement instruments...
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While community psychologists often work with coalitions, these entities engage in a wide range of activities and structures that are not well defined within the field. In this paper, we explore the following questions: (a) What are the characteristics of coalitions community psychologists study? (b) What are the themes in the way authors define co...
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Addressing complex problems in communities has become a key area of focus in recent years (Kania & Kramer, 2013, Stanford Social Innovation Review). Building on existing approaches to understanding and addressing problems, such as action research, several new approaches have emerged that shift the way communities solve problems (e.g., Burns, 2007,...
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This study examines the salience of six types of parent engagement among 60 Michigan public school educators at the county, district, and school levels, and how salience varies across educators at each level. Directed content analysis of 59 interviews was conducted using Epstein’s (1995) Framework of Six Types of Involvement as a priori codes. Comm...
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Networked community change (NCC) efforts focus on building and supporting networks of stakeholders in communities to address complex problems, with a particular focus on tie formation among stakeholders and organizer facilitation of an information-sharing network (Lawlor & Neal, 2016). NCC approaches include, for example, systemic action research (...
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To examine some of the ways platforms facilitate knowledge brokerage within the field of education, this chapter establishes the concept of platformed knowledge brokerage and critically compares four case examples: EdArXiv, Marginal Syllabus, Teachers Pay Teachers, and What Works Clearinghouse. Analytic questions focus on who is involved in the bro...
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Online survey research has significantly increased in popularity in recent years. With its use, researchers have a new set of concerns about data collection and analysis to consider, including the possibility of fraudulent survey submissions. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate to survey researchers an innovative and systematized process...
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Coalitions have a long history as part of the field of community psychology. Whilecommunity psychologists often work with coalitions, these entities engage in a widerange of activities and structures that are not well defined within the field. In this paper,we explore the following questions: (1) What are the characteristics of coalitions thatcommu...
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The presence of a research-practice gap is recognized across multiple fields including education, psychology, and public health. In this paper, we examine which of five structural types of brokerage are most and least effective in bridging this research-practice gap in the context of education. Using a small world survey design, we tracked how a st...
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This study draws on two communities theory to address two major research questions related to conceptions of research in educational practice and policy. First, how do educators conceptualise research? Second, to what extent do educators’ conceptions of research align with recent US federal educational policies? We conducted 90 semi-structured inte...
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Purpose: We apply diffusion of innovations theory to examine two key research questions designed to inform efforts to improve the research-practice gap in education: (1) Are there distinct types of educators that differ in their prioritization of the compatibility, observability, complexity, relative advantage, and trialability of research? and (2...
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Despite growing interest in data visualization and graphically aided reporting, the evaluation literature could benefit from additional guidance on systematically integrating visual communication design and marketing into comprehensive communication strategies to improve data dissemination. This article describes the role of targeted communication...
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In this study, we explored the extent to which educators discuss and prioritize Rogers’ (Diffusion of innovations, The Free Press: New York, 1995) five attributes of innovations—relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, observability, and trialability—in the context of research use. Using a directed content analysis of 54 semi-structured inter...
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Measuring the use of research evidence (URE) by schools has become a central focus of education researchers. However, it has proven challenging due to low response rates, social desirability bias, and costly or time-consuming data collection methods.To overcome these challenges and meet the needs of research focused on URE, this paper introduces a...
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We propose transaction cost economics theory as a tool for exploring when school administrators rely on information from two types of sources: internal sources like their own colleagues, and external sources like researchers and government agencies. The theory’s application is illustrated in a comparative case study of two public school districts i...
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The implementation of effective community interventions can be challenging for many reasons, including financial and time costs, lack of infrastructure, local contextual variations, and barriers to fidelity. But, prior to all of these is the challenge of limited information exchange between the researchers developing interventions and the practitio...
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The present study examined the role of natural mentoring in the substance use recovery process. Men and women living in recovery homes in a large Midwestern city were surveyed and participated in focus groups to determine characteristics of natural mentoring and the relationship between mentoring activities, helping behavior, and perceived social s...

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