Sandra  Nutley Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Sandra Nutley

Professor of Public Policy and Management
University of St Andrews

Sandra's interests lie in understanding the relationship between knowledge and practice from multiple perspectives, with a particular specialism in the use of research. She has published widely on this topic and actively seeks to increase research impact and organisational performance. Prior to her academic career she worked in local government and has since provided advice and support for many public service organisations.


Prior to her academic career, Sandra worked in UK local government; since joining academia, she has been seconded to work with several UK public sector organisations, including the National Health Service and the Scottish Government. She has also served as a member of various policy advisory groups concerned with improving the performance of public services. Sandra has published widely in the area of research utilisation and evidence-based policy and practice, including 'Using Evidence: How Research can Inform Public Services' (Nutley, Walter and Davies, The Policy Press, 2007).  She is Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (, which is a research collaboration that investigates the use of social science research in public policy and service delivery settings. She also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Public Administration, and Public Money and Management.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Knowledge and practice
    Research use and impact
    Performance assessment and management
    Organisational change



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 Featured Title - Knowledge and Practice in Business and Org: Orr et al - 1st Edition book cover


Book Launch

By: Sandra Nutley

'Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations' was lauch at the OLKC2016 conference. A slide show video was produced for the launch and it introduces the book and the process by which it was produced. You can view the video at