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Table 1 Researchers' views about the impact of research on policy or practice and reported dissemination

From: Increasing the use of evidence in health policy: practice and views of policy makers and researchers

  Research findings
(n = 41)
Research review
(n = 29) 1
IMPACT OF RESEARCH ON POLICY n % n %
Own research or reviews have been used to inform policy or practice 27 66 20 69
Had findings that were not used by policy but were potentially important 16 39 NA NA
Own research increased policy makers' awareness of the issue 24 59 19 66
Own research helped to get the issue on the policy agenda 20 49 13 45
Own research assisted policy makers in formulating the policy issue 19 46 14 48
Own research helped policy makers to identify policy alternatives 17 41 11 38
Own research helped policy makers to choose the preferred policy option 20 49 9 31
Own research used to justify the final policy 20 49 12 41
DISSEMINATION 2     
Published in peer review journal 36 88 9 31
Published in report for funding agency 27 66 16 55
Published in report for stakeholders 22 54 10 34
Presented at conference 37 90 10 34
Presented to policy makers 21 51 13 45
Presented to practitioners 26 63 8 28
  1. 1Researchers who had contributed to a review in the previous two years
  2. 2Most recent research paper or review