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Working at the nexus between public health policy, practice and research : dynamics of knowledge sharing in the Netherlands

Jansen, Maria W., De Leeuw, Evelyne, Hoeijmakers, Marjan and De Vries, Nanne K. 2012, Working at the nexus between public health policy, practice and research : dynamics of knowledge sharing in the Netherlands, Health research policy and systems, vol. 10, Article no. 33, pp. 1-12.

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Title Working at the nexus between public health policy, practice and research : dynamics of knowledge sharing in the Netherlands
Author(s) Jansen, Maria W.
De Leeuw, Evelyne
Hoeijmakers, Marjan
De Vries, Nanne K.
Journal name Health research policy and systems
Volume number 10
Season Article no. 33
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1478-4505
Keyword(s) Knowledge sharing
Evidence-based public health
Practice- and policy-based evidence
Summary Background
Joining the domains of practice, research and policy is an important aspect of boosting the quality performance required to tackle complex public health problems. “Joining domains” implies a departure from the linear and technocratic knowledge-translation approach. Integrating the practice, research and policy triangle means knowing its elements, appreciating the barriers, identifying possible cooperation strategies and studying strategy effectiveness under specified conditions.
This article examines the dynamic process of developing an Academic Collaborative Centre for Public Health in the Netherlands, with the objective of achieving that the three domains of policy, practice and research become working partners on an equal footing.
Method
An interpretative hermeneutic approach was used to interpret the phenomenon of collaboration at the nexus between the three domains. The project was explicitly grounded in current organizational culture and routines, applied to nexus action. In the process of examination, we used both quantitative (e.g. records) and qualitative data (e.g., interviews and observations). The data were interpreted using the Actor-Network, Institutional Re-Design and Blurring the Boundaries theories.
Results
Results show commitment at strategic level. At the tactical level, however, managers were inclined to prioritize daily routine, while the policy domain remained absent. At the operational level, practitioners learned to do PhD research in real-life practice and researchers became acquainted with problems of practice and policy, resulting in new research initiatives.
Conclusion
We conclude that working at the nexus is an ongoing process of formation and reformation. Strategies based on Institutional Re-Design theories in particular might help to more actively stimulate managers’ involvement to establish mutually supportive networks.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Jansen et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Free to Read? Yes
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