Research Utilization and the Impact of Health Promotion Policy.

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): von Lengerke T, Rütten A, Vinck J, Abel T, Kannas L, Lüschen G, Rodriguez Diaz JA, van der Zee J
Journal: Sozial- und Präventivmedizin/Social and Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2004
Volume: 49
Pages range: 185-197
ISSN: 0303-8408


Objectives: The conditions under which research utilization leads to policy impact are an important issue in health promotion. This analysis tests the assumption that utilization is positively associated with policy impact only if both political will (i.e., policy opportunities) and social strategies (in intervention and implementation) are present. Methods: A survey of 719 policymakers involved in four policies was conducted in six European countries. Policy impact (output, i.e., program implementation, and outcome, i.e., effects on behavior) and its proposed determinants were analyzed. Results: Regression analyses reveal limited cross-national differences in research utilization, but show comparably high use in policies with a pathogenic focus. Utilization is associated with impact only if political will is lacking; for outcome, this tends to depend on social strategies. Political will is the strongest determinant of impact. Conclusions: Research utilization is not supporting health promotion policy impact if political will is favorable, but if it is poor; political will itself is the crucial determinant of impact. The study contributes to the "research utilization"-field by showing that research utilization may partially compensate for lack of, rather than depend on, political will. © Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2004.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Rütten, Alfred Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Sportwissenschaft mit der Ausrichtung Gesundheitsförderung/Public Health/Sozialwissenschaften des Sports

External institutions with authors

Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (HMGU)
Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) / Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies
Limburg Catholic University College
Universität Bern
Universiteit Utrecht (UU) / Utrecht University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Jyväskylä

How to cite

von Lengerke, T., Rütten, A., Vinck, J., Abel, T., Kannas, L., Lüschen, G.,... van der Zee, J. (2004). Research Utilization and the Impact of Health Promotion Policy. Sozial- und Präventivmedizin/Social and Preventive Medicine, 49, 185-197.

von Lengerke, Thomas, et al. "Research Utilization and the Impact of Health Promotion Policy." Sozial- und Präventivmedizin/Social and Preventive Medicine 49 (2004): 185-197.


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