About this Book
- Contains step-by-step advice on doing research for policy-makers
- Includes research evidence from many disciplines, from the language arts to sociology and political science to bio-medicine, never before combined in this way
- Includes practical tools, hypotheticals, and case studies never before published to offer readers many new and highly original practical approaches for doing better research for policy-makers
- Includes extracts of advice from the author's interviews with 22 health policy-makers at the most senior level in the health systems of 11 countries
Individuals working in health research want to be able to use their findings to influence health policy. However, frequently, research evidence remains detached from practice, and there is a divide between research and policy.
Research for Health Policy is an introduction to the emerging genre of applied research for policy decision-making, offering new research methods that go far beyond the traditional classical experimental techniques and standard qualitative methods. This highly practical and practice-based book is relevant to researchers in different disciplines and countries, and it will equip the reader with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to deliver policy-relevant research in the government, not-for-profit, and private sectors.
As a book that helps its reader to develop the blend of strategic people skills, methodological inventiveness, research entrepreneurship, creative design, and policy writing know-how that is critical to delivering useful research evidence for policy, Research for Health Policy is essential reading for anyone doing, studying or teaching health policy advocacy and research. It also has much to offer postgraduate and professional development students and their educators who want to move beyond the common undergraduate focus on policy content areas and policy theory/process, to learn more advanced practical research skills for policy-making.
Readership: Staff in health policy advocacy and research positions across government, not-for-profit, and private sectors, including university health researchers, as well as advanced undergraduate postgraduate and continuing professional development students in health sciences courses where educators want to better prepare their students for real world policy-making contexts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the approach used in this book and its rationale
1: What changes health policy?
2: Deciphering the policy problem
3: Reviewing the evidence
4: Designing research methods for health policy
5: Case-based approaches for health policy
6: Consensus-building for health policy
7: Telling the health policy story
8: Writing sound health policy options
9: Maximising the dissemination and impact of evidence for health policy
Appendix: CEO interview questions
Erica Bell, Deputy Director, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Australia