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Table 1 Characteristics of survey respondents and determinants of using children’s mental health research in policy decision-making, State Agency Officials, Winter 2019-2020, N = 224

From: Determinants of using children’s mental health research in policymaking: variation by type of research use and phase of policy process

  N Mean SD %a
Demographics
 Highest level of education
  Some college, college degree 34    15.4
  Master’s degree 130    58.8
  Doctoral degree 57    25.8
 Years working at agency
  ≤ 2 46    20.8
  3-5 31    14.0
  6-9 43    19.5
  ≥ 10 101    45.7
Determinants of research use
 Skills for research use (range = 3-15) 196 11.2 2.91  
  Confidence in ability to find children’s MH research 200 3.90 1.11 70.5
  Confidence in the ability to interpret the results of children’s MH research 200 3.81 1.06 68.5
  Confidence in the ability to evaluate the quality of children’s MH research 198 3.54 1.12 59.6
 Agency leadership for research use (range = 2-10) 221 7.24 1.89  
  Agency leadership believes it is important to use children’s MH research 221 4.05 0.92 76.5
  The agency dedicates resources to promote the use of children’s MH research 221 3.18 1.17 42.1
 Agency barriers to research use (range = 3-15) 187 9.66 2.59  
  Limited agency resources (e.g., budget deficits) 199 3.72 1.11 58.3
  Lack of time to use research 191 3.36 1.20 47.1
  Unable to access to research articles 197 2.62 1.30 28.4
 Research dissemination barriers (range = 4-20) 174 11.9 3.28  
  Lack of interaction or collaboration with researchers 183 3.06 1.18 37.2
  Lack of actionable messages/recommendations in summaries of research 195 3.16 1.15 43.1
  Questions that researchers ask are not relevant to decisions 184 2.90 1.10 29.3
  Unclear presentation/communication of research findings 195 2.74 1.05 21.5
  1. MH mental health
  2. aDeterminant of research use variables dichotomized as 4-5 of 5-point scale