Negative stereotypes hinder productive action towards evidence- based policy

Author Christina Heap
Posted 2015.08.25

A dearth of clear, relevant and reliable research evidence continue to block the use of research, according to a study of 145 research papers on evidence use

According to the authors of the review, Kathryn Oliver, Simon Innvær, Theo Lorenc, Jenny Woodman, and James Thomas difficulty finding and accessing this research is also a major problem. 

Despite several decades of work on evidence-based policy, the goals of improving research uptake and promoting greater use of research within policy making are still elusive.  Academic interest in the area grew out of Evidence-Based Medicine, dating back to Archie Cochrane’s book Effectiveness and Efficiency: Random Reflections on Health Services published in 1972.

Read Kathryn Oliver's blog.