Developing definitions for a knowledge exchange intervention in health policy and program agencies: reflections on process and value

Abby Haynes, Tari Joy Turner, Sally Redman, Andrew Milat, Gabriel Moore

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Abstract

The development of definitions is an integral part of the research process but is often poorly described. This paper details the iterative development of five definitions: Policy, Health policy-maker, Health policy agency, Policy documents, and Research findings. We describe the challenges of developing definitions in a large multidisciplinary team and the important methodological repercussions. We identify four factors that were most helpful in this process: (1) An emphasis on fit-for-purpose functionality, (2) Consultation with in-context experts, (3) Our willingness to amend terms as well as definitions, and to revisit some methods and goals as a consequence, and (4) Agreement that we would satisfice: accept `good enough? solutions rather than struggle for optimality and consensus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 159
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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