The Role and Use of Evidence in Policy

Evidence based health policy photoThis course focuses on how you—as a public health professional—can better promote the use of your own work in policy discussions. You will explore how evidence is used in policy-making, and how sometimes policy decisions are made despite contrary evidence. The use of evidence may vary, depending upon the political process, so you will consider several theoretical models of the policy process and what they imply about the use of evidence. We will also look at how to improve evidence use.  You will learn about the role of knowledge brokers as well as how to frame messages for different audiences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how evidence is used in policymaking;
  2. Explore ideas about how its use can be improved;
  3. recognize how you as a public health professional can better promote the use of your own work in policy discussions.

Click on the link to access each segment:

  1. Getting Started (20 min.)  |  Transcript Download PDF transcript
  2. Evidence Use (23 min.)  |  Transcript Download PDF transcript
  3. Some Models of the Policy Process   |  Transcript Download PDF transcript
  4. Improving Evidence Use (19 min.)  |  Transcript Download PDF transcript
  5. Framing Messages (9 min.)  |  Transcript Download PDF transcript
  6. Activity - Practice What You Learned (26 min.)  |  Transcript Download PDF transcript

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