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Summary - Policy Makers' Advisors, Scientific Knowledge and Knowledge Sharing: Highlights of a Literature Review and Key Lessons
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NCCHPP Webinar - Sharing Knowledge with the Advisors of Policy Makers - A Couple of Myths, a Couple of Tips, Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

Knowledge Sharing and Public Policy series - Method and Preliminary Results of a Literature Review 
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Social Media in Public Health
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Research Matters Knowledge Translation Toolkit. On the site of the International Development Research Centre.

Knowledge exchange strategies for interventions and policy in public health. Kouri, D. (2009).  Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 5, Number 1, January 2009 , pp. 71-83(13). Abstract on the site of ingentaconnect.

Facilitating a knowledge translation process: Knowledge review and facilitation tool. Lemire, N., Souffez, K., and Laurendeau, M.-C. (2009).  9 MB. On the site of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Political and institutional influences on the use of evidence in public health policy. A systematic review. Liverani, M., Hawkins, B., & Parkhurst, J.O. (2013). PLoS ONE, 8(10): e77404, 1-9. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077404. Free access.

Connecting research and policy. Lomas, J. (2000). Isuma: Canadian Journal of Policy Research, 1(1), 140-144. Free access.

Florence Morestin

The NCCHPP offers a range of resources in the context of this project that deals with sharing public health knowledge to influence public policy development.

We have already published briefing notes that provide an overview of this process and that explain the method we have followed.


We are presently focusing on a first theme within this wide-ranging subject: the role the advisors of policy makers play in terms of processing and circulating knowledge within political circles, and the lessons which can be drawn for those who wish to share public health knowledge with these advisors.

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On this theme, you can consult:

  • The recording of a webinar we presented in December 2016;

  • A detailed synthesis of the literature on the advisors of policy makers, the way they handle scientific knowledge, and their influence in government settings.

In the coming months, we will study in more detail the advisors of policy makers at the municipal level. We have conducted interviews with a few municipal public servants in different Canadian cities and towns. We will extract and publish the advice they have for public health actors who wish to collaborate with municipal governments

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Since last year, we have continued to develop a series of documents that explores the topic of sharing knowledge (especially, public health knowledge) in the context of public policy development. 
How can we increase the influence of public health knowledge on public policy development? Such knowledge alone cannot determine decisions. However, it does have a role to play.
In 2013, we published three documents on knowledge sharing. The first one explained how to plan and integrate knowledge-sharing activities while implementing a health impact assessment.
Knowledge sharing relating to online training in HIA, to our project in analyzing public policies, and in policy adoption and implementation.
During the past year, our efforts in the project area of knowledge sharing have largely been directed towards our knowledge translation processes.
The obstacles and facilitating factors for the use of research evidence by policy-makers have been documented...
The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.