200604 Translating research to policy: Lessons learned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and implications for future tobacco control

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 8:30 AM

C. Tracy Orleans, PhD , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
This session will provide lessons learned from 17 years of strategic tobacco control policy research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Presenters will describe the development of tobacco policy research in the US, challenges and accomplishments, and the larger communications and advocacy strategies needed to assure that research results were actively translated into policy and practice. The focus will be on the aims and methods of RWJF's Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation Program, and successor Substance Abuse Policy Research Program and ways in which the challenges, lessons learned, results and products of these programs might be useful for researchers, funders, and advocates seeking to make further progress on policy. The first presentation will summarize the development of the two policy research programs as a strategy for building the field of tobacco policy research to inform effective tobacco control policy. The second presentation will summarize the critical role of communications in building a useful tobacco policy research field, promoting the funding opportunities available through SAPRP, and finally in communicating the results of SAPRP-funded research to key policy and other audiences. The third presentation will examine the contributions of the Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, a center for policy and media advocacy and resource center developed by a consortium of funders to enhance tobacco control in the US. The discussant will comment on the lessons learned from almost 20 years of tobacco policy research and research funding for the future of tobacco control.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the SAPRP approach to building the field of tobacco policy research and how it could be sustained into the future. 2. Describe the communications strategy and tools employed by SAPRP to translate research to policy and how they could be applied/adapted to other tobacco control situations. 3. Discuss the strategy and mechanisms employed by a national policy, media advocacy and resource center, and how they could be applied/adapted to evolving tobacco control situations.

Keywords: Tobacco Control, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Senior program officer and senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for 15 years; team leader for developing tobacco control national initiatives during that time; 15 years research on tobacco control and other prevention before that.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.