Collaborating with policymakers to produce applied research: A case study of the military's Integrated Disability Evaluation System
Methods: We used a case study design and conducted 26 in-depth interviews with legislators, their staffs and representatives from the Veterans Administration, Military and Veteran Service Organizations. We selected key informants through purposeful sampling and used snowball sampling to identify additional informants. We coded the data at three levels and reassembled the coded data according to themes.
Results: Policymakers were amenable to participation in this study and indicated they would like to be involved in future academic research. They also indicated a need for policy relevant academic research, in part because academia is viewed as “credible” and trustworthy, unlike other sources of information. Policymakers were also provided concrete recommendations for a survey to evaluate IDES.
Conclusion: While researchers must be wary of tension between political parties and between legislators and administrative agencies, there is an opportunity to involve policymakers in the research process. Engaging in this type of relationship potentially increases the likelihood that research will inform policy.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Evaluate the feasibility of using a Community Based Participatory Research framework for working with federal policymakers to produce research that is applicable to policymaking decisions. Discuss challenges and advantages of using a Community Based Participatory Research framework with federal policymakers. Analyze the ability of policymakers to provide concrete recommendations for a survey to evaluate the military’s Integrated Disability Evaluation System.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Policy/Policy Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a PhD Candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Health Policy and Management Department. This is topic is part of my dissertation work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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