Gordon-Strachan, Georgiana; Bailey, Wilma; Lalta, Stanley; Ward, Elizabeth; Henry-Lee, Aldrie; LeFranc, Elsie
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Linking researchers and policy-makers: some challenges and approaches
Cavernos de Saúde Pública
Date of Publication
In developing a proposal for the study of the effect of user fees on access to preventive care, a team, comprising researchers and policy-makers, initiated interaction with key policy implementers in the Jamaica's Ministry of Health to ensure that their perspectives were considered at the preliminary stage. There were many pressing events occupying the minds and energies of the implementers, but the team was able to capitalize on existing good relationships to capture attention. In the interviews that followed, agreement was reached on the necessity for the study, its focus and methodology. The process of consultation achieved notable successes and can be regarded as a model for successful research and policy interaction.....