So what works in getting research used in decision-making?
We all want our work to be useful, and there have been many studies asking policy makers and other stakeholders what the barriers and facilitators are to using research.
But how confident are we that our favourite approaches actually work? What is the science of using science knowledge? And do we know what works in getting research used in making policy ?
The study focuses on better development and use of a sound evidence base in government policy, and other decision making. It is intended to develop the evidence base for what we at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing can do to support evidence informed decision making to improve wellbeing.
The study identified six types of activity used to support evidence informed decision making and looked at the evidence based that underpins them. The study team then looked at what other social science research suggests could be promising for supporting evidence informed decision making.
We are reviewing our plans and theory of change as a result of this study working with the wider What Works Network some of whom are doing trials in this area. We hope that these insights prove useful more widely and add to the evidence base in the field.
This project included:
- a systematic review (a review of reviews) of the field of research use by the EPPI-Centre
- A scoping review of what the wider social science literature tells us about the mechanisms for the use of research evidence in decision-making by the EPPI-Centre
- a summary policy report summarising the key findings with discussion and case studies by the Alliance for Useful Evidence
- a conference to explore what approaches work in enabling the use of research by policy makers, practitioners and members of the public at Wellcome Trust on 12th April 2016