Fretheim, A., Munabi-Babigumira, S., Oxman, A.D., Lavis, J.N., & Lewin, S. (2009). SUPPORT Tools for Evidence-informed Policymaking in health 6: Using research evidence to address how an option will be implemented.
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Relevance for Public Health
This SUPPORT tool can be used to design implementation strategies for evidence-based policies, with implementation strategies involving clients, communities, practitioners, organizations and public health systems.
Developed by the SUPporting POlicy relevant Reviews and Trials (SUPPORT) Project, this SUPPORT tool provides questions to help decision-makers implement an evidence-based policy in practice. The five questions guide the process of identifying barriers to implementation, and then tailoring the implementation strategies to address identified barriers and facilitators.
Implementing evidence-based policies can be a challenging process. This tool supports the Implement step in Evidence-Informed Public Health (see NCCMT's online learning module to learn more about the Implement step). Other resources in the Registry of Methods and Tools that could assist users in working through this SUPPORT tool include tools for:
This tool is part of a series to support the use of research evidence in policy making. The SUPPORT series includes 18 tools that address four broad areas:
- developing organizational support for evidence-informed policy making
- identifying needs for research evidence for policy making
- finding and assessing research
- moving from research to action
To access the full suite of tools, which are available through the Health Research Policy and Systems journal, click here. To access the tools in a book format, available from the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, click here.
Accessing the Method/Tool
Implementing the Method/Tool
Time for Participation/Completion
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Additional Resources and/or Skills Needed for Implementation
Steps for Using Method/Tool
This SUPPORT tool encourages clear implementation planning by investigating the following areas:
- What are potential barriers to the successful implementation of a new policy?
- What strategies should be considered to facilitate behavioural changes among health care recipients and citizens?
- What strategies should be considered to facilitate behavioural changes among health care professionals?
- What strategies should be considered to facilitate organizational changes?
- What strategies should be considered to facilitate systems changes?
Each section includes additional resources, examples and case studies.
Who is involved
The SUPPORT tools are targeted to policy-makers and those who support policy-makers in assesing evidence for decision making.
Conditions for Use
Evaluation and Measurement Characteristics
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Andrew D. Oxman
John N. Lavis
Method of Development
The SUPPORT Tools were designed to help people use the best available research evidence in their decision making. The SUPporting POlicy relevant Reviews and Trials (SUPPORT) Project is an international collaboration funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework. There are 18 tools in total, including tools that address the following topics:
- using research to clarify a problem
- using research to frame options for a policy issue
- preparing policy briefs
- using policy dialogues in decision making
The tools are freely available through the Health Research Policy and Systems journal (click here).
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
P.O. Box 7004, St. Olavs plass, N-0130
These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.