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Table 2 Exchange between researchers and policy makers

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

POLICY MAKERS' REPORTED EXCHANGE WITH RESEARCHERS   
Links with researchers in the previous 12 months (and reports that these links were useful1) (n = 38) n %
Attended forums with researchers and policy makers to hear about research findings 33 (12) 87 (32)
Invited researchers to give a research perspective in an area of policy development 22 (15) 58 (39)
Invited researchers to be an active member of a policy development committee 18 (14) 47 (37)
Regularly used research contacts as a sounding board for policy work 28 (20) 74 (53)
Contracted a research group or individual to conduct a research review or study 20 (15) 53 (39)
Involvement in research in the previous 12 months (n = 38) n %
Acted in an advisory capacity to a research team 26 68
Contributed to the development of research questions 28 74
Collaborated on a successful competitive research grant 7 18
Active member of a research team 18 47
Collaborated in analysis and writing up of findings 16 42
Authored or co-authored a research publication 12 32
Assisted in dissemination 25 66
RESEARCHERS' REPORTED EXCHANGE WITH POLICY MAKERS   
Involvement in policy activities in the previous two years (n = 41) n %
Presented research findings at a forum where NSW policy makers likely to have been present 32 78
Presented research findings at a forum organised specifically for NSW policy makers 21 51
Actively participated on a health policy development committee 23 56
Used as a 'sounding board' by a policy maker to provide a research perspective 27 66
Funded by NSW policy agency to conduct a review of research 12 29
Funded by NSW policy agency to conduct a research project 21 51
Involvement of policy makers in research in the previous two years (and reports that this involvement was useful 1 ) (n = 41) n %
Acted in an advisory capacity to a research team 28 (16) 68 (39)
Discussed ideas for research questions 29 (16) 71 (39)
Collaborated on a competitive research grant 25 (13) 61 (32)
Active member of a research team 20 (8) 49 (20)
Collaborated on analysis or writing up of results 18 (5) 44 (12)
Co-authored research publication 17 (7) 41 (17)
Assisted in disseminating results 18 (15) 44 (37)
  1. 1Rated 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale