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Table 2 Characteristics of the 131 documents

From: How was research engaged with and used in the development of 131 policy documents? Findings and measurement implications from a mixed methods study

  Agency 1 (n = 24)
n (%)
Agency 2 (n = 21)
n (%)
Agency 3 (n = 22)
n (%)
Agency 4 (n = 23)
n (%)
Agency 5 (n = 24)
n (%)
Agency (n = 17)
n (%)
Total (N = 131)
n (%)
Document type:
 Internal strategy 4 (17) 4 (19) 5 (23) 4 (17) 7 (29) 5 (29) 29 (22)
 Evaluation 4 (17) 0 (0) 4 (18) 2 (9.1) 0 (0) 3 (18) 13 (9.9)
 Recommendations or guidelines 7 (29) 8 (38) 6 (27) 14 (61) 5 (21) 6 (35) 46 (35)
 Description of specific program 8 (33) 8 (38) 5 (23) 2 (8.7) 6 (25) 2 (12) 31 (24)
 Research report 1 (4.2) 1 (4.8) 2 (9.1) 1 (4.3) 6 (25) 1 (6) 12 (9.2)
New document/policy (not update) (y/n)
 No 6 (25) 8 (38) 0 (0) 4 (17) 5 (21) 5 (29) 28 (21)
 Yes 18 (75) 13 (62) 21 (95) 19 (83) 19 (79) 12 (71) 102 (78)
 Data not available 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (4.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.1)
Topic relates to a highly researched area
 No 5 (21) 4 (19) 6 (27) 12 (52) 11 (46) 13 (76) 51 (39)
 Somewhat/partially 8 (33) 10 (48) 5 (23) 4 (17) 8 (33) 4 (24) 39 (30)
 Yes 10 (42) 6 (29) 10 (45) 7 (30) 5 (21) 0 (0) 38 (29)
 Data not available 1 (4.2) 1 (4.8) 1 (4.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 2 (15)
Data collected to inform the document:
 No 14 (58) 17 (81) 10 (45) 10 (43) 18 (75) 10 (59) 79 (60)
 Yes, qualitative data 7 (29) 2 (9.5) 6 (27) 6 (26) 1 (4.2) 0 (0) 22 (17)
 Yes, quantitative data 3 (13) 2 (9.5) 3 (14) 7 (30) 4 (17) 5 (29) 24 (18)
 Yes, qualitative and quantitative 0 (0) 0 (0) 2 (9.1) 0 (0) 1 (4.2) 0 (0) 3 (2)
 Data not available 1 (4.2) 0 (0) 1 (4.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 2 (12) 4 (3)
Policy must align with legislation or overarching agency’s policy (y/n)
 No 20 (83) 18 (86) 21 (95) 22 (96) 23 (96) 11 (65) 115 (88)
 Yes 4 (17) 3 (14) 0 (0) 1 (4.3) 1 (4.2) 6 (35) 15 (11)
 Data not available 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (4.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.1)