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Skape Meeting : Prof Billie Giles-Corti, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne on Translating Active Living Research into Policy and Practice: One Important Pathway to Chronic Disease Prevention

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Skape Meeting : Prof Billie Giles-Corti, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne on Translating Active Living Research into Policy and Practice: One Important Pathway to Chronic Disease Prevention
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Date and Time
9th Nov 2016 12:00 - 9th Nov 2016 13:00
Location
Chrystal Macmillan Building, Room 2.15
URL
http://www.skape.ed.ac.uk/research/meetings/2016_2017/skape_meeting_prof_billie_giles-corti,_school_of_population_health,_university_of_melbourne_on_translating_active_living_research_into_policy_and_practice_one_important_pathway_to_chronic_disease_prevention

Abstract

Timely translation of research into policy and practice a priority, particularly in areas where there are pressing problems such as related chronic disease and city planning.  Yet, using evidence to inform policy and practice is challenging, often hampered by a poor fit between academic research and the needs of policy-makers and practitioners.  Through an example based on active living research which aims to increase population physical activity by changing the ways cities are designed and built, this paper presents 10 strategies that may help facilitate the translation of research.  Strategies include interdisciplinary research teams including policy-makers and practitioners; undertaking explicitly policy-relevant research, adopting appropriate study designs and methodologies (e.g., evaluation of policy initiatives as ‘natural experiments’); and adopting dissemination strategies that include knowledge brokers, advocates and lobbyists. Achieving more policy-relevant research may require training for researchers and different rewards in academia. However, at the same time, there is also the need for training of policy-makers to create evidence-informed policy.