Policy Survey

To all those who have been redirected here after completing the survey:
Thanks for taking the time to get involved in this survey. If you received an invitation to participate in this survey directly from Kat Smith, then we will be in touch about the results when they are available. If you received the invitation via another route (e.g. from a colleague), if you would like to be included in the email about the results, please email Kat (Katherine.Smith@ed.ac.uk) to let her know you are interested.

A bit more information about survey (for those who have not already participated)…
The focus of the ‘Where Next for Health Inequalities Research?’ symposium in December 2012 (details of which are available elsewhere on this website) was on the evolving research agenda. Despite this, there was also quite a lot of discussion about policy approaches to reducing health inequalities in the UK. Some participants suggested that the health inequalities research community ought to do more to try to articulate viable policy options and that, if possible, there ought to be greater coherence in terms of the policy advice the research community offers. In response to these suggestions, and following subsequent discussions with a number of participants, it was decided to undertake an online survey of health inequalities researchers to explore their views on policy proposals. People who had attended, or expressed an interest in, the December symposium were asked to suggest policy proposals for health inequalities researchers to consider. The survey is being led by Kat Smith and Mor Eltanani, in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Published advice and reviews (e.g. the Marmot Review) were also consulted. The survey aims to assess which (if any) of these policy recommendations are widely supported by the health inequalities research community (and, to a lesser degree, which are most contested). The first part of survey also considered to what extent researchers believe proposals reflect the available evidence and it makes sense for health inequalities researchers to support the proposals, taking into account the current political, economic and social context. Finally, the survey aimed to consider whether there appear to be any correlations between the recommendations researchers support, the focus of their work and their personal characteristics and experiences. This first stage has now closed and the results are currently being analysed on an anonymous basis. In the meantime, the results have been used to produce a list of 20 policy recommendations for which there appears to be broad support within the health inequalities research community. This stage of the survey provides researchers with an opportunity to rank the 20 most popular recommendations. The results will be mapped on to spheres of policy responsibility (e.g. local government/NHS/devolved government/UK government/EU, etc). The intention is to provide very concise summaries of these results for policy audiences (e.g. to inform policy reviews of current approaches to health inequalities). In addition, Kat and Mor will analyse the data in more detail and develop a short journal article based on this analysis and informed by interview data and the symposium discussions (for submission by July 2013).

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