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Getting Research Into Policy in Public Health : transforming the evidence-to-policy response through utilisation of political insights

Objective

There has been increasing frustration in the field of public health with the lack of uptake of research evidence, and continued difficulties in getting evidence of effective health interventions into policy and practice. Calls have often been made to ‘bridge the gap’ between researchers and policy makers, yet little work has been done to analyse the political factors influencing research-to-policy process in public health, and the ways national governments may respond to these challenges. We airm to take the next step in improving the use of evidence in health policy by integrating political data and analysis into efforts to build the government institutions and responses which take up research evidence. Specifically we will apply political science theories and methods from the sub-fields of policy analysis, and public administration to achieve this end. These disciplines have not yet been applied to the challenge of getting evidence into policy in health. A programme of work drawing on these fields can take the next step in the evidence-based health policy movement. The work will map out the multiple political challenges to evidence use, while providing recommendations on how to build government structures supportive of evidence informed policy in particular policy contexts. We will review existing literature, construct a conceptual framework linking political insights with national responses, conduct empirical case studies across a range of countries, and develop a tool to improve government responses to the use of evidence in public health. Finally this programme will work to create a center of excellence on the study of evidence and policy in health.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/political science
  • /social sciences/political science/public administration

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-StG_20101109
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 424 253,85
Principal investigator
Justin Oliver Parkhurst (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Fiona Marquet (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 424 253,85
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Justin Oliver Parkhurst (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Fiona Marquet (Ms.)
TECNICAS DE SALUD, S.A.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 72 149,15
Address
Avenida Lepanto 2
41927 Mairena Del Aljarafe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Moreno (Mr.)