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Use of research evidence in policymaking in three Danish municipalities

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This article analyses the use of research evidence (RE) in three policy processes, at the local level, dealing with physical activity. We analysed an extensive number of policy documents and a total of 14 interviews with policymakers.  Results show an unsystematic way of using RE, where demographic and statistical data as well as expert consultation were mostly used. Lack of transparency of RE use complicated the tracking of sources from introduction to actual policy impact. It can be concluded that the policymakers engaged in health issues have a wider use of RE than the policymakers working with more sports-oriented issues.
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Keywords: evidence-informed policymaking; physical activity; translation ; utilisation

Affiliations: 1: University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 2: Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark 3: Research and Innovation Centre for Human Movement and Learning, University of Southern Denmark, and Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 4: Finnish National Institute for Welfare and Health, Finland 5: Unit for Health Promotion Research, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Appeared or available online: 03 July 2017

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