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WashU: Funding, Policy Experience Predicts Dissemination

Expectations by funders and employers that researchers’ work would be put into practice are among the most significant predictors of successful dissemination, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

The study surveyed 266 researchers at universities, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking them to rate their efforts to disseminate their findings to non-research audiences. The largest group — one-third of the respondents – rated their efforts as “poor.”

Factors most associated with reports of  “excellent/good” dissemination efforts came from researchers who:

“These findings support the idea that structural changes, including funding agency priorities and participation of researchers in practice- and policy-based experiences, may enhance efforts to disseminate,” wrote the study’s lead author, Dr. Rachel Tabak, research assistant professor at the Brown School.

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