Translating Research into Law and Policy
CTSI Annual Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research
An "Open Proposal" Opportunity
Rationale: Currently, there is no direct pathway for health sciences research to move from scholarly publications into policy and law. Although some evidence is cherry-picked by advocates and policymakers, legislation often reflects rhetoric rather than evidence. While some translational researchers study the effects of laws or write white papers summarizing the state of the evidence, we know of none who take the approach of working with investigators to leverage their research and write model legislation. Here we propose the development of a replicable process that will translate research directly into evidence-based model policies, regulations, and laws that improve health and/or health outcomes. Model policies, regulations, and legislation are proposed pieces of law drafted by researchers working with legal scholars to incorporate the latest scientific evidence with the goal of improving health and/or health outcomes. The drafted language would then be made freely and widely available to legislators, advocates, and others involved in the enactment of law, regulations, and policy.
1. Kick-off Meeting: March 30, 2012 to introduce the project and workshop additional ideas for a pilot project.
2. Pilot projects: This grant will fund one-two demonstration/pilot projects that bring together UC Hastings faculty, UCSF researchers, and students from both institutions to write evidence-based model legislation, regulations, and/or policies. This group will analyze both the current scientific evidence and the legal frameworks related to a health issue being investigated by a UCSF researcher; the group will then write model legislation that revises or changes current laws or that proposes new laws in order to improve health and health outcomes. One pilot project we are pursuing is on the toxic effects of sugar on health based upon Dr. Lustig's research (PDF attached). We are considering a second pilot project. Current ideas include mandatory reporting laws in the emergency medicine setting, the effects of hospital and ED closure, the efficacy of orthopedic procedures, restrictions on activities of individuals with epilepsy, and implementation issues realted to the Affordable Care Act.
Criteria and Metrics for Success: The broad goal of this demonstration project is a proof of concept that then allows for replication and dissemination of this new approach for translating research directly into legislation:
1. Creation of model legislation and/or regulations resulting from biweekly meetings of the UCSF investigators, UC Hastings faculty, and students from both institutions and the dissemination of the work-product . Timeline: Spring 2012-spring 2013.
Documentation & Dissemination:
2. Document year-long process via a detailed white paper.
3. Host 4 calls/virtual meetings to discuss and publicize model to organizations and institutions that would replicate this model. This would occur via the CTSA Health Policy network. Timeline: Winter 2012-summer 2013.
4. Create a student group focused on the legislative process and the translation of research into the policy, regulatory, and legal realm. Recruit 15-25 interested students to participate. Timeline: To start in spring 2012.
5. Identify internal and external funding options to sustain and expand the project. Apply for at least 2 grants during the pilot period. before grant period is up.
Total Budget: $38,506
Salary support for UCSF faculty, Co-PIs and research assistants involved in developing the pilot projects, the Program Analyst to coordinate activities of this project, consultants, project supplies and communication.
1. UC Hastings: Jamie King, Jennifer Dunn, David Faigman, Sarah Hooper
2. UCSF: Dan Dohan (co-PI), Rob Lustig, Dennis Hsieh (co-PI), Richard Barnes, Jessaca Machado