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Galvanizers, guides, champions, and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers

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  • Abby S. Haynes
  • James A. Gillespie
  • Gemma E. Derrick
  • Wayne D. Hall
  • Sally Redman
  • Simon Chapman
  • Heidi Sturk
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Milbank Quarterly
Issue number4
Number of pages35
Pages (from-to)564-598
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/12/11
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Context: Public health researchers make a limited but important contribution to policy development. Some engage with policy directly through committees, advisory boards, advocacy coalitions, ministerial briefings, intervention design consultation, and research partnerships with government, as well as by championing research-informed policy in the media. Nevertheless, the research utilization literature has paid little attention to these diverse roles and the ways that policymakers use them. This article describes how policymakers use researchers in policymaking and examines how these activities relate to models of research utilization. It also explores the extent to which policymakers accounts of using researchers concur with the experiences of policy-engaged public health researchers.