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1. Citation: van der Arend, J. (2014). Bridging the research/policy gap: policy officials' perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to effective links between academic and policy worlds. Policy Studies35(6), 611-630.
Title: Bridging the research/policy gap: Policy officials' perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to effective links between academic and policy worlds
Author(s): van der Arend, J.
Year: 2014
Journal/Publication: Policy Studies
Abstract: The recent emphasis on evidence-based policy (EBP) in healthcare has lead to increased research on strategies for supporting the use of scientific findings in policy decisions. Collaboration between researchers and public servants is regarded as an effective strategy for creating pathways toward informed policy. The present study explored facilitators and barriers offered by these relationships. As part of a large-scale project on public servants involved in policy work in Australian federal and state departments, policy officials were asked to complete surveys and interviews regarding their experiences with the availability and use of academic social research. The findings of the study suggest that the presence of collaborations and relationships between researchers and policy makers alone does not necessarily lead to to the implementation of research in policy. Researchers and policy makers must also attempt to bridge their cultural and institutional differences and find a 'common ground'. It is also important that policy makers have an understanding of the factors that can promote or prevent the use of research in order to tackle this issue.

Type of Item: Evaluation Instrument
Type of KT Strategy: Informal Interviews
Target Group: Decision Maker
Evidence Level: 3
Record Updated:2016-07-18

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