This occasional paper, written and published in English in 2008, was originally prepared for the UK Department of Health (DoH) as an interim product of a larger project. The paper presents a briefing on the Canadian concept of "linkage and exchange" as a useful strategy to facilitate diffusion of innovation in health sciences research. The objective of the work was to define linkage and exchange; consider its applications; assess whether it works; and investigate how it can be relevant to the DoH for its work around innovation. The paper does not purport to be a systematic review of either the evidence-based movement generally, or the full range of linkage and exchange initiatives specifically. Nonetheless, it should be of interest to health policymakers who are concerned with facilitating diffusion of knowledge between health researchers and decision-makers (health managers, or health ministries).
Conklin, Annalijn, Michael Hallsworth, Evi Hatziandreu, and Jonathan Grant, Briefing on Linkage and Exchange: Facilitating Diffusion of Innovation in Health Services. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2008. https://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP231.html.
Conklin, Annalijn, Michael Hallsworth, Evi Hatziandreu, and Jonathan Grant, Briefing on Linkage and Exchange: Facilitating Diffusion of Innovation in Health Services, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, OP-231-DH, 2008. As of December 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP231.html