What can we learn from interventions that aim to increase policy-makers’ capacity to use research? A realist scoping review

Health Research Policy and Systems
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Review
|   10 April 2018
What can we learn from interventions that aim to increase policy-makers’ capacity to use research? A realist scoping review
Health policy-making can benefit from more effective use of research. In many policy settings there is scope to increase capacity for using research individually and organisationally, but little is known about what strategies work best in which circumstances. This review addresses the question: What causal mechanisms can best explain the observed outcomes of interventions that aim to increase policy-makers’ capacity to use research in their work?
Authors: Abby Haynes, Samantha J. Rowbotham, Sally Redman, Sue Brennan, Anna Williamson and Gabriel Moore