Identifying trustworthy experts: How do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with?

Haynes, Abby S., Derrick, Gemma E., Redman, Sally, Hall, Wayne D., Gillespie, James A., Chapman, Simon and Sturk, Heidi (2012) Identifying trustworthy experts: How do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with?. Plos One, 7 3: e32665-1-e32665-8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032665


Author Haynes, Abby S.
Derrick, Gemma E.
Redman, Sally
Hall, Wayne D.
Gillespie, James A.
Chapman, Simon
Sturk, Heidi
Title Identifying trustworthy experts: How do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with?
Journal name Plos One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0032665
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page e32665-1
End page e32665-8
Total pages 8
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports data from semi-structured interviews on how 26 Australian civil servants, ministers and ministerial advisors find and evaluate researchers with whom they wish to consult or collaborate. Policymakers valued researchers who had credibility across the three attributes seen as contributing to trustworthiness: competence (an exemplary academic reputation complemented by pragmatism, understanding of government processes, and effective collaboration and communication skills); integrity (independence, "authenticity", and faithful reporting of research); and benevolence (commitment to the policy reform agenda). The emphases given to these assessment criteria appeared to be shaped in part by policymakers' roles and the type and phase of policy development in which they were engaged. Policymakers are encouraged to reassess their methods for engaging researchers and to maximise information flow and support in these relationships. Researchers who wish to influence policy are advised to develop relationships across the policy community, but also to engage in other complementary strategies for promoting research-informed policy, including the strategic use of mass media.
Keyword Organizational Trust
Integrative Model
Knowledge
Exchange
Future
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number e32665

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2013 Collection
School of Medicine Publications
 
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