Analysing policy transfer: perspectives for operational research [State of the art series. Operational research. Number 9 in the series]
Mexico's adoption and adaptation of the DOTS strategy is used here as an example of policy transfer. Policy transfer is relevant to all countries, levels and arenas of people, institutions and organisations involved in health. With a more systematic analysis of learning and policy processes, OR policy and practice outcomes could be improved at all levels, from local to global.
Policy transfer offers theory and concepts for analysing OR from a new perspective. The present paper proposes a model of the policy transfer process for qualitative research use. Comprehensive policy transfer research, given its length, complexity and need for qualitative researchers, should not be envisaged for all OR projects. All OR projects could, however, incorporate some concepts and practical tools inspired from this model. This should help to plan, evaluate and improve OR processes and the resulting changes in policy and practice.
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: 1: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 2: Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK 3: School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Publication date: September 1, 2011
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