Feb 8, 2022

CEI and Executive Director, Dr Robyn Mildon, recognised with international awards for contributions to the sector

Two awards focus on knowledge translation and contributions to evidence-informed practice


The John Westbrook Award

CEI founder and Executive Director Dr Robyn Mildon was honoured with the John Westbrook Award for Contributions to Knowledge Translation.

The award recognises outstanding contributions to knowledge translation and the dissemination and implementation of evidence. John and Robyn were collaborators in setting up the Knowledge Translation and Implementation group at Campbell. "John was a terrific partner and a vital champion for knowledge translation. It is an immense honour to be recognised with this award in his name,” Dr Mildon said.

Dr John D. Westbrook was known internationally as an expert in the fields of knowledge translation and dissemination and in the utilisation of disability research. He was a managing researcher in the Disability and Rehabilitation Practice Area of American Institutes for Research and his work focused on strengthening the quality, relevance, and usefulness of disability and rehabilitation research to expand opportunities, choices, and service quality for persons with disabilities and their families.

The Leonard E. Gibbs Award

CEI was also recognised, alongside our partners Monash University, Caroline Fiennes (Newhouse) at Giving Evidence, and The Campbell Collaboration with the The Leonard E. Gibbs Award, given to the authors of a completed Campbell systematic review that contributes to evidence-informed practice in social welfare. The award recognised 'Interventions that address institutional child maltreatment: An evidence & gap map,' available here.

Evidence and gap maps are interactive tools designed to help policy makers and funders who commission and use research to easily identify evidence of 'what works' in a particular area and identify gaps in the evidence base. The authors of the study were Meghan Finch, Rebecca Featherston, Sangita Chakraborty, Ludvig Daae Bjørndal, Bianca Albers, Robyn Mildon, Caroline Fiennes (Newhouse), Dave Taylor, Taoran Yang and Aron Shlonsky.

Dr Leonard E. Gibbs, Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was an internationally recognised expert in the field of evidence-based practice (EBP) and a fervent proponent of EBP in the helping professions.