The Evidence Information Service as a new platform for supporting evidence-based policy: a consultation of UK parliamentarians

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Natalia S Lawrence University of Exeter, UK

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Jemma C Chambers Cardiff University, UK

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Sinead M Morrison Cardiff University, UK

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Sven Bestmann University College London, UK

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Gerard O’Grady Cardiff University, UK

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Christopher D Chambers Cardiff University, UK

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Andrew P Kythreotis Cardiff University, UK

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The value of evidence-based policy is well established, yet major hurdles remain in connecting policymakers with the wider research community. Here we assess whether a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) could facilitate interaction between parliamentarians and research professionals. Fifty-six UK parliamentarians were interviewed to gauge the challenges of working with evidence and the potential utility of an EIS. Grounded theory analysis identified several barriers to evidence-based policymaking, however 85% of parliamentarians supported the EIS, preferring a rapid, impartial, concise, and optionally confidential service. We conclude that an EIS integrated with existing parliamentary systems could enhance dialogue between policymakers and researchers.

Natalia S Lawrence University of Exeter, UK

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Jemma C Chambers Cardiff University, UK

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Sinead M Morrison Cardiff University, UK

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Sven Bestmann University College London, UK

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Gerard O’Grady Cardiff University, UK

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