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Smith, Katherine E.; Weishaar, Heide – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2018
The past two decades witnessed the international consensus around the idea that health policy decisions should be 'evidence-based'. These efforts have stimulated a wealth of studies explicitly concerned with understanding the use of research evidence in policy. The majority of such studies suggest there are few examples of public health policy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Health, Evidence Based Practice, Policy Formation
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Stewart, Ellen; Smith, Katherine E. – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
Concerns about the limited influence of research on decision making have prompted the development of tools intended to mediate evidence for policy audiences. This article focuses on three examples, prominent in public health: impact assessments; systematic reviews; and economic decision-making tools (cost-benefit analysis and scenario modelling).…
Descriptors: Public Health, Decision Making, Outcome Measures, Epistemology
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Smith, Katherine E.; Kay, Louise; Torres, Jennifer – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
The number of think tanks operating in the UK is increasing, providing an ever important source of ideas and research for policy audiences. They have been framed by some as useful intermediaries between research and policy, which academics aiming to influence policy might seek to emulate. Yet, there has been very little empirical work to explore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Organizations (Groups), Research, Policy Formation
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Smith, Katherine E.; Joyce, Kerry E. – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2012
Studies exploring how and why evidence informs decisions (or not) often focus on perceived cultural, communicative and institutional gaps between research producers and users. More recently, there has been a growing interest in exploring how political differences between competing "policy networks" might shape research utilisation.…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Public Health, Case Studies, Theories