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Health Promotion and the Policy Process$
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Carole Clavier and Evelyne de Leeuw

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658039.001.0001

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Getting knowledge on ‘wicked problems’ in health promotion into action

Getting knowledge on ‘wicked problems’ in health promotion into action

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(p.131) Chapter 7 Getting knowledge on ‘wicked problems’ in health promotion into action
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Health Promotion and the Policy Process
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David Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658039.003.0007

This chapter describes a collaborative research initiative bringing together academics and practitioners interested in how those engaged in policy and practice use, misuse or fail to use, knowledge on health promotion to modify and improve their work. It starts from the premise that health promotion is a ‘wicked issue’ and draws on theories of knowledge exchange and translation in an effort better to tackle complex problems. The chapter employs two contrasting examples: a series of knowledge translation workshops at Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, and the author’s experience as a consultant to WHO Regional Office for Europe during the preparation of its 2012 European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. Both case studies highlight the importance of context, culture and politics in knowledge translation. The chapter also offers insights into how academic researchers should endorse their role in complex processes of knowledge translation.

Keywords:   knowledge transfer, translational research, collaborative research, knowledge broker, health promotion, wicked problems, united kingdom

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