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Building policy capacities: an interactive approach for linking knowledge to action in health promotion


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Author(s): Rütten A, Gelius P
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 29
Pages range: 569-582
ISSN: 1460-2245
Language: English

Abstract

This article outlines a theoretical framework for an interactive, research-driven approach to building policy capacities in health promotion. First, it illustrates how two important issues in the recent public health debate, capacity building and linking scientific knowledge to policy action, are connected to each other theoretically. It then introduces an international study on an interactive approach to capacity building in health promotion policy. The approach combines the ADEPT model of policy capacities with a co-operative planning process to foster the exchange of knowledge between policy-makers and researchers, thus improving intra- and inter-organizational capacities. A regional-level physical activity promotion project involving governmental and public-law institutions, NGOs and university researchers serves as a case study to illustrate the potential of the approach for capacity building. Analysis and comparison with a similar local-level project indicate that the approach provides an effective means of linking scientific knowledge to policy action and to planning concrete measures for capacity building in health promotion, but that it requires sufficiently long timelines and adequate resources to achieve adequate implementation and sustainability.



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APA: Rütten, A., & Gelius, P. (2013). Building policy capacities: an interactive approach for linking knowledge to action in health promotion. Health promotion international, 29, 569-582. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dat006

MLA: Rütten, Alfred, and Peter Gelius. "Building policy capacities: an interactive approach for linking knowledge to action in health promotion." Health promotion international 29 (2013): 569-582.

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