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Using research
Even if we can find relevant research, there are still issues about how we can make use of it. There are many barriers to the use of research in decision-making. Many researchers lack the skills to be able to communicate their work beyond their peers while decision-makers may have neither the time nor adequate training to be able to use and interpret research effectively. Furthermore, some organizations may not value research or be interested in using it.

There are also barriers in how we understand research use. Research can be used in lots of ways including:


Indeed, even where research is used in decision-making, it can be used to different extents and levels by decision-makers. This ranges from research simply being communicated to decision-makers, findings being cited in reports and, ultimately those points where research findings are applied to existing policy and practice.

We provide access to

To enable the use of research across Europe, we provide access to:

This information shows the wide variety of approaches that have been taken to try to improve the use of research evidence in policy settings across Europe. For those who are considering setting up similar schemes in their own organisation/country, this information can be used to promote discussion and ideas about the development of new activities and mechanisms for linking research evidence with policy.

For research to be used it needs to be clear and easily understood, of good quality, relevant, timely and available. To try and increase the production of more policy and practice relevant research, the EIPPEE Network is providing information and guidance on how this can be achieved.

To use research, organizations, and the individuals within them, need to value research and have the capacity, structures and institutions necessary to be able to find, use and understand it as part of their everyday decision-making. The EIPPEE Network is exploring the possibilities of developing an indicator that individuals and organizations can use to self-assess their readiness and capacity for research use.