Mutual distrust: Perspectives from researchers and policy makers on the research to policy gap in 2013 and recommendations for the future

Sarah E. Gollust, Jane W. Seymour, Maximilian J. Pany, Adeline Goss, Zachary F. Meisel, David Grande

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The production of health policy-relevant research is necessary, but not sufficient, to promote its utilization in policy. Our objective was to understand the perspectives of United States’ state-level policy makers and health researchers on the barriers and facilitators to the translation of health evidence into the policy process, with a particular focus on issues related to relationship building. We conducted interviews with 215 US health services and health policy researchers and 40 state-level staffers and legislators. Researchers and policy makers faced the same major barrier to research translation: lack of dedicated time to do so. Some policy makers questioned the credibility of research, and researchers questioned policy makers’ authentic desire to use evidence in decision making. For some study participants, a mutual mistrust of the other group challenges stronger relationship formation. Interventions are needed to help both groups understand a broader role that research plays in policy making and to increase personal contact, and ultimately trusted relationships, across various actors in the policy process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInquiry (United States)
Volume54
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Dissemination
  • Health policy
  • Qualitative research
  • Research evidence

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Mutual distrust : Perspectives from researchers and policy makers on the research to policy gap in 2013 and recommendations for the future. / Gollust, Sarah E.; Seymour, Jane W.; Pany, Maximilian J.; Goss, Adeline; Meisel, Zachary F.; Grande, David.

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Gollust, Sarah E. ; Seymour, Jane W. ; Pany, Maximilian J. ; Goss, Adeline ; Meisel, Zachary F. ; Grande, David. / Mutual distrust : Perspectives from researchers and policy makers on the research to policy gap in 2013 and recommendations for the future. In: Inquiry (United States). 2017 ; Vol. 54.
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