Translating Research into Child Health Policy: Aligning Incentives and Building a New Discourse

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2023 Feb;70(1):151-164. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2022.09.012.


Research has led to major achievements in public policy and child health. Despite the gains, the need for research to inform policy remains paramount against a backdrop of inadequate public health investments, health inequities, and public skepticism toward science. However, the translation of research into child health policy has often been slow due to misalignments in incentives between researchers and policy makers and a paucity of conceptual models to inform translation. This article outlines barriers to translation, provides examples of discordance between evidence and policy, summarizes models to inform translation, and offers strategies to improve translation of research to policy.

Keywords: Evidence translation; Health policy; Pediatrics; Policy implementation; Population health; Research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Health*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy