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Drexel Study Suggests Expanding Federal Dissemination and Implementation Funding to Increase Inclusion of Policy Research

In the first study to measure the amount of federal funding allocated to improve the translation of research into policy, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health researchers concluded that U.S. research funding to promote the use of research evidence in health policymaking nearly doubled from 2007 to 2014, up from $1.5 million in 2007 to $3.15 million in 2014. However, only 12 dissemination and implementation (D&I) research projects focused on policy, out of the 146 projects funded through the National Institutes of Health’s Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health portfolio. These 12 projects were primarily focused on policy outcomes (66.7 percent), implementation research (41.7 percent), state-level policies (41.7 percent), and the USA (83.3 percent). Tobacco (33.3 percent) and cancer control (25.0 percent), for which evidence-based policy strategies exist, were the most common topics of focus. Authors noted that support for policy D&I research has varied between Institutes and does not match the potential of evidence-based policy to positively impact human health. The study was published in Implementation Science and led by Drexel’s professor Dr. Jonathan Purtle, in partnership with Dornsife doctoral student Dr. Rachel Peters,  and Dr. Ross Brownson from Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School Public Health Programs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26727969