Policy Resources

Policy change can be an important goal for many KT projects. The following resources are intended to help researchers understand how their work can impact important policy decisions and have significant outcomes for their target audiences.

EPPI Centre
The EPPI-Centre is committed to informing policy and professional practice with sound evidence. As such, it is involved in two main areas of work:

  • Systematic reviews, including developing methods for systematic reviews and research syntheses, conducting reviews, supporting others to undertake reviews, and providing guidance and training in this area
  • Research use, which includes the study of usage/non-usage of research evidence in personal, practice and political decision-making, supporting those who wish to find and use research to help solve problems, and providing guidance and training in this area.

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)
Do you have an interest in sharing your research with policymakers? Would you like to learn more about how to engage policymakers and which knowledge translation tools are effective? Have you wondered about the difference between a Policy Factsheet and a Policy Brief and how you might use either tool? Then sign up to take the Engaging Policymakers online, self-paced course.

  • Policy Tip Sheet
    A tip sheet offering suggestions to researchers on how to navigate the policymaking process, and how and when to engage policymakers.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. To fulfill this mission, ODEP promotes the adoption and implementation of ODEP policy strategies and effective practices.

Papers by Presenter Kathryn Oliver
Defining evidence in public health a survey of policymakers uses and preferences

Webcast from Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT)
Despite 40 years of research into evidence-based policy and a continued drive from both policymakers and researchers to increase uptake in policy, barriers to the use of evidence are persistently identified in the literature. Based on an updated review, this paper analyzes this literature to explain persistent barriers and facilitators. We critically describe the literature in terms of its theoretical underpinnings, definitions of "evidence", methods, and underlying assumptions of research in the field, and aim to illuminate the EBP discourse by comparison with approaches from other fields.