Accelerating Research-to-Practice via State Policymaking
Research on children's mental health services can only make a difference if its findings are used by state agencies to inform state policymaking decisions. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that scientific research typically has had limited influence on state policymakers' decisions, for a number of reasons. The Center's first research study, The National Survey of State Policy Decision Making and Simulation), aims to change that.
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH and Katherine Nelson, predoctoral student at Drexel University, will assess, via a web-based national survey, the use of research evidence in children’s mental health policymaking to identify individual, agency, and state factors that influence policy decisions.
The survey's quantitative and qualitative data will be integrated to develop a conceptual framework that illustrates what impacts the use of children’s mental health research evidence by state policymakers. Data will then be used to create an agent-based simulation model to help show the impacts of utilizing research evidence in children's mental health policymaking.
Read more about this research project in this summary.
Status: Surveys sent out to State policymakers (December 2019).
"This groundbreaking study is the first to produce a national snapshot of the uses of children's mental health and substance abuse research evidence by state policymakers, and their preferences for receiving research evidence and information.
How do policymakers use research evidence? Who do they consult with about it? ... are among the questions the survey will ask. Knowing this will allow us to better tailor the dissemination of scientific research advances in children's mental health and substance abuse policy and beyond."
- Jonathan Purtle, DrPH
Study Co-Principal Investigator