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Table 6 Linear Regression Model for transfer of research to policymakers and service providers*

From: Use of health systems and policy research evidence in the health policymaking in eastern Mediterranean countries: views and practices of researchers

  Transferring research to policymakers Transferring research to providers organizations
  Beta† (Standard Error) P-Value Beta (Standard Error) P-Value
Constant 0.368 (0.493) 0.457 0.364 (0.493) 0.505
Frequency of undertaking each of these knowledge transfer and exchange activities related to contact and exchange with health policymakers and stakeholders     
   1- Interacted with credible messengers/sources (i.e., people who are not researchers but are seen by policymakers and stakeholders as credible sources of research) to promote use of evidence from HPSR and/or your own research -0.022 (0.081) 0.817 0.127 (0.089) 0.229
   2- Developed relationships with print, radio and/or television journalists to promote use of evidence from HPSR and/or your own research. 0.229 (0.091) 0.026 -0.168 (0.101) 0.142
   3- Participated in meetings for presentation of results from HPSR and/or your own research to health policymakers and stakeholders. -0.027 (0.091) 0.805 0.008 (0.100) 0.946
   4- Tried to involve policymakers and stakeholders but had difficulty contacting them. -0.033 (0.068) 0.699 0.301 (0.075) 0.002
   5- Provided technical assistance to policymakers and stakeholders through short-term work through expert advisory committees, conferences, or forums. 0.03 (0.106) 0.819 -0.402 (0.116) 0.008
   6- Provided technical assistance through long-term formal collaborations between your institution and policymakers and stakeholders for sustained technical capacity development. 0.012 (0.111) 0.931 0.296 (0.122) 0.056
   7- Interacted with health policymakers and stakeholders through informal conversations with personal contacts. 0.056 (0.091) 0.584 -0.007 (0.100) 0.948
   8- Interacted with health policymakers and stakeholders as part of a priority-setting process to identify high-priority health policy issues and research themes. 0.196 (0.118) 0.144 0.114 (0.13) 0.446
   9- Involved policymakers and stakeholders in your research (in the development of joint proposals/research methodology and tools/analysis & write-up/publications). 0.314 (0.091) 0.004 0.314 (0.100) 0.01
   10- Actively participated in health policy development committees or technical committees that help in decisionmaking. 0.079 (0.084) 0.447 0.103 (0.092) 0.38
   11- Trained health policymakers and stakeholders to acquire, assess, interpret, and apply health research findings. 0.025 (0.081) 0.799 0.106 (0.089) 0.345
Investments/resources available to you for the production and transfer and exchange of evidence from HPSR     
   1. National funding is available for undertaking HPSR. -0.062 (0.091) 0.554 0.178 (0.100) 0.133
   2- Regional funding is available for undertaking HPSR. -0.066 (0.103) 0.539 0.00 (0.113) 0.998
   3- International funding is available for undertaking HPSR. 0.346 (0.105) 0.001 -0.131 (0.116) 0.239
   4- Funding sources (e.g., granting agencies) encourage knowledge transfer and exchange activities. 0.021 (0.084) 0.801 0.203 (0.093) 0.028
   5- Funders formulate their priorities and calls for proposals in response to national and regional needs. 0.011 (0.089) 0.91 -0.003 (0.098) 0.977
   6- Policymakers and stakeholders provide adequate funding for priority research. 0.068 (0.093) 0.487 0.037 (0.102) 0.739
   7- Policymakers and stakeholders clearly articulate priorities for health systems and policy research. -0.198 (0.108) 0.078 0.03 (0.119) 0.81
   8- Incentives for knowledge transfer and exchange are available (e.g., performance incentives for knowledge transfer and exchange and proper criteria of promotion) within your organization. -0.036 (0.077) 0.655 -0.028 (0.085) 0.755
Adjusted R2 0.465   0.331  
F 6.030   3.8585  
P-value < 0.001   < 0.001  
N 110   110  
  1. † Beta stands for the average change in the score of the dependant variables per unit increase in independent variable scores.
  2. * Results in bold are statistically significant at 0.05 level
  3. HPSR: health policy and systems research