Media Watch 515

Of special interest in the current issue of the weekly report:

Research must be shared to promote debate and shape policy

U.K. (Scotland) | The Scotsman (Edinburgh) – 31 May 2017 – Research is vital in supporting improvement and practice, yet, far too often, good research is restricted to academic journals without cutting through to the people that could ultimately benefit. In fact, we know that it takes, on average, 17 years for health research to become practice. Research can play a much bigger role than the one it currently does in supporting decisions around public policy and ways of working. For many researchers, seeing their work published in the most relevant journal and receiving a high number of citations is enough. While it’s important to secure academic recognition there are many equally important audiences such as the government, public bodies, third sector organisations and the public. We do see some research hitting the headlines, but this is nearly always framed within the context of the latest “medical breakthrough,” which barely scratches the surface of what compelling research stories are out there. We need to see research discussed much more frequently within the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to help inform legislation and public policy. This does happen, but often only representing a small sample of the research that exists on the given subject being deliberated. It’s also sometimes limited to research which is being championed by a cause, politician or organisation.