Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
PITTMAN, Patricia and ALMEIDA, Celia. Cross-sector learning among researchers and policy-makers: the search for new strategies to enable use of research results. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, suppl., pp. S97-S108. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006001300019.
This paper assesses the preliminary results of a research funding strategy that alters the structure and process of research by requiring interaction between researchers and policy-makers. The five research teams focused on different aspects of expanding social protection in health in Latin America and the Caribbean. Preliminary results revealed negotiation of the research questions at the start of the process, influencing not only the project design, but the decision-makers' ways of thinking about the problem as well. As the projects advanced, turnover among government officials on four of the teams impaired the process. However, for the one team that escaped re-composition, the interaction has led to use of data in decision-making, as well as a clear recognition by both parties that different kinds of evidence were at play. The process highlighted the importance of stimulating systems of learning in which multiple kinds of knowledge interact. This interaction may be a more realistic expectation of such initiatives than the original goal of "transferring" research knowledge to policy and practice.
Keywords : Research Financing; Research Personnel; Strategies.