Design and formative evaluation of the Policy Liaison Initiative: A long-term knowledge translation strategy to encourage and support the use of Cochrane systematic reviews for informing health policy

Sue Brennan, Miranda Cumpston, Marie L. Misso, Steve McDonald, Matthew J. Murphy, Sally E. Green

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The Policy Liaison Initiative (PLI) is a long-term knowledge translation initiative designed to support the use of Cochrane systematic reviews in health policy. A joint initiative between the Australasian Cochrane Centre and Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the PLI includes: 1) a community of practice for evidence-informed policy, 2) skill building workshops, and 3) a website and summaries of policy-relevant reviews. This paper describes the development of the initiative and reports the findings of a formative evaluation, using interviews with policy makers and qualitative analysis to investigate perceptions of the PLI and its potential to enable research use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-52
Number of pages28
JournalEvidence and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Evaluation
  • Evidence-informed policy
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Systematic reviews

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