Evidence-informed planning for healthy liveable cities : How can policy frameworks be used to strengthen research translation?

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Lowe, Melanie, Hooper, Paula, Jordan, Helen, Bowen, Kathryn, Butterworth, Iain and Giles-Corti, Billie. (2019). Evidence-informed planning for healthy liveable cities : How can policy frameworks be used to strengthen research translation? Current Environmental Health Reports. 6(3), pp. 127-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-019-00236-6
AuthorsLowe, Melanie, Hooper, Paula, Jordan, Helen, Bowen, Kathryn, Butterworth, Iain and Giles-Corti, Billie
Abstract

Purpose of the Review
A compelling body of research demonstrates associations between urban design and health, but this research is often not reflected in urban policies. This article reviews the literature on the science and practice of translating health research into urban policy and planning. Two Australian case studies demonstrate how policy frameworks can help guide evidence-based planning for healthy urban environments.

Recent Findings
To influence city planning, health researchers need to undertake policy-relevant research and understand policymaking processes. Policy frameworks can assist researchers to tailor research evidence and research translation strategies to the political and policymaking context. Strong links between urban policymakers and health researchers can help bridge the knowledge-policy divide.

Summary
Policy frameworks can help researchers to identify and capitalise on windows of opportunity for evidence-based policy change. Doing so increases the likelihood of public health evidence informing urban policies that will create healthy liveable cities.

Keywordshealthy cities; city planning; built environments; research translation; evidence-informed policy; policy frameworks
Year2019
JournalCurrent Environmental Health Reports
Journal citation6 (3), pp. 127-136
PublisherSpringer
ISSN2196-5412
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-019-00236-6
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85071706401
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range127-136
FunderNational Health and Medical Research Council
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Nov 2021
Grant IDNHMRC/1061404
NHMRC/1110297
NHMRC/1107672
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