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Exploring the evidence base for occupational safety and health

The Foundation is trying to gain a better understanding of how decisions that impact occupational safety and health (OSH) are made and the role that evidence plays in these decisions.  The long term aim is to ensure that decision making in OSH is driven by evidence of what works.

We have commissioned RAND Europe to investigate the role of evidence and data in OSH by asking some fundamental questions about what evidence is in OSH, how it is being produced and by who, and how it is being used.  It will hopefully identify gaps between what is being provided and what is needed.

The research team will review the existing literature on decision making in OSH to begin to answer these questions, and will then conduct a range of activities to engage key stakeholders, including interviews or focus groups and a survey. They will be tapping into their own extensive network of practitioners, augmented by the Foundation’s contacts in OSH.

All the research will be drawn together into a report, which will include recommendations for further research and a theory of change for impact on safety outcomes at a global level. Findings from this investigation will be reported in the summer of 2022.  The insight generated by this study will contribute to the body of knowledge on evidence use in OSH and will inform next steps for EIC.

For further information on the project, please get in touch via the form below.


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