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Roelofs, S., Edwards, N., Viehbeck, S., and Anderson, C. (2018). Formative, embedded evaluation to strengthen interdisciplinary team science: Results of a 4-year, mixed methods, multi-country case study. Research Evaluation. to the article.

Tudisca, V., Valente, A., Castellani, T., Stahl, T., Sandu, P., Dulf, D., Spitters, H., Van de Goor, I., Radl-Karimi, C., Syed, MA., Loncarevic, N., Juel Lau, C., Roelofs, S., Bertram, M., Edwards, N., Aro, AR., and on behalf of the REPOPA Consortium. (2018). Development of measurable indicators to enhance public health evidence-informed policy-making. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16:47. Link to the article. 

Bertram, M., Loncarevic, N., Radl-Karimi, C., Thøgersen, M., Skovgaard, T., Aro, AR. (2018). Contextually tailored interventions can increase evidence-informed policy-making on health-enhancing physical activity: the experiences of two Danish municipalities. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16:14. Link to the article.


Spitters, HPEM., van Oers, JAM., Sandu, P., Lau, CJ., Quanjel, M., Dulf, D., Chereches, R., van de Goor, LAM. (2017). Developing a policy game intervention to enhance collaboration in public health policymaking in three European countries. BMC Public Health, 17:961. Link to the article.

Jakobsen, MW, Lau, CJ, Skovgaard, T, Hämäläinen, R-M, Aro, AR. (2017). Use of research evidence in policymaking in three Danish municipalities. Evidence & Policy, Online First, July 3, 2017. Link to the article.

Spitters, HPEM, Juel Lau, C, Sandu, P, Quanjel, M, Dulf, D, Glümer, C, van Oers, HAM, van de Goor, IAM. (2017). Unravelling networks in local public health policymaking in three European countries – a systems analysis. Health Research Policy and Systems (2017) 15:5 DOI 10.1186/s12961-016-0168-2. Link to the article.

van de Goor I, Hämäläinen, RM, Syed, AM, Juel Lau, C, Sandu, P, Spitters, HPEM, Eklund Karlsson, L, Dulf, D, Valente, A, Castellani, T, Aro, AR, on behalf of the REPOPA consortium. 2017. Determinants of Evidence Use in Public Health Policy Making. Results from a study across six EU countries. Health Policy, 121(3), 273-281. Link to the article.


Aro, AR. (2016) Towards evidence-informed policymaking in physical activity. Letter to Editor. Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3:18. Link to the article.

Bertram, M., Radl-Karimi, C., Loncarevic, N., Thøgersen, M., Skovgaard, T., Jansen, J., Castellani, T., Dorgelo, A., Valente, A., Cori, L. and Aro, AR. (2016). Planning Locally Tailored Interventions on Evidence Informed Policy Making - Needs Assessment, Design and Methods. Health Systems and Policy Research, 3(2). Link to the article.

Bertram, M., Wiechmann, A., Aro, AR. and Gulis, G. (2016).  Adaption of Knowledge and Participation of Stakeholders in Three Public Health Interventions at Local Government Level in Denmark. International Journal of Community & Family Medicine Volume 1-115. Link to the article.

Castellani, T., Valente, A., Cori, L. and Bianchi, F. (2016). Detecting the use of evidence in a meta-policy. Evidence & Policy, 12(1), 91-107(17). Link to the article.

Eklund Karlsson, L., Jakobsen, MW., Winblad Heiberg, M. and Aro, AR. (2016). Involvement of external stakeholders in local health policymaking process: a case study from Odense Municipality, Denmark. Evidence and Policy. Link to the article.

Hämäläinen, R-M., Aro, AR., Lau, CJ., Rus, D., Cori, L., Syed, A. and The REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity (REPOPA) Consortium. (2016). Cross-sector cooperation in health-enhancing physical activity policymaking: more potential than achievements? Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(33). Link to the article.


Aro, AR., Bertram, M., Hämäläinen, R-M., van de Goor, LAM., Skovgaard, T., Valente, A., Castellani, T., Chereches, RM. and Edward, N. on behalf of the REPOPA Consortium. (2015). Integrating research evidence and physical activity policy making – REPOPA project. Health Promotion International, 31, 1-10.  Link to the article.

Bertram, M., Loncarevic, N., Castellani, T., Valente, A., Gulis, G. and Aro, AR. (2015). How could we start to develop indicators for evidence-informed policy making in Public Health and Health Promotion? Health Systems and Policy Research, 2(1). Link to the article.

Hämäläinen, R-M. and Aro, AR. (2015). Ohjelmallinen tutkimusprosessi politiikkatoimien tutkimuksessa – tapaustutkimuksena liikuntapolitiikka ja tutkimustiedon käyttö(Programmatic research process in the study of policies – a case study on physical exercise policies and the use of research evidence). Hallinnon Tutkimus – Research on administration, ISSN: 0359-6680, 34 (3), 249–263. (In Finnish) (Abstract available in English).

Hämäläinen, R-M. and Aro, AR. (2015). Chapter: Terveyttä edistävän liikunnan politiikkatoimet ja tutkimustieto. (Health enhancing physical activity and research evidence), book: Information management – theories and practices (Tiedolla johtaminen – teoriaa ja käytäntöjä) Virtanen, P. & Stenvall, J. & Rannisto P-H (Eds.) Tampere University Press, 233-257. April 2015. (In Finnish). Link to the book.

Hämäläinen, R-M., Aro, AR., van de Goor, LAM., Lau, CJ., Jakobsen, MW., Chereches, RM., Syed, AM. and On behalf of the REPOPA Consortium. (2015). Exploring the use of research evidence in health-enhancing physical activity policies. Health Research Policy and Systems, 13(43), 1-9. Link to the article.

Sandu, P., Rus, D., Chereches, RM., Brînză, C., Baba, C., Lau, CJ, van de Goor, LAM. (2015). A systems’ analysis of health enhancing physical activity policy making at local level in Romania. Elsevier Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences published by: Medimond International Proceedings, ISBN 978-88-7587-718-7, 77-83.


Hämäläinen, R-M. and Villa, T. (2014). Terveyttä edistävän liikunnan politiikkatoimet ja tutkimustiedon käyttö (Health-Enhancing Physical policy measures and the use of research findings). Liikunta ja tiede, 51(1), 36-43. Link to the article.

Valente, A., Castellani, T., Bertram, M. and Aro, AR. (2014). Models and visions of science–policy interaction: Remarks from a Delphi study in Italy. Science and Public Policy (2014), 1-14. Link to the article.


Hämäläinen, R-M. and Villa, T. (2013). REPOPA-hanke kartoittaa tutkimustiedon käyttöä liikunnan politiikkatoimissa. Liikunta ja tiede, 50(1), 99-100. Link to the article.


Edwards, N., Viehbeck, S., Hämäläinen, R-M., Rus, D., Skovgaard, T., van de Goor, I., Valente, A., Syed, A. and Aro, AR. (2012). Challenges of ethical clearance in International Health Policy and Social Sciences Research: Experiences and Recommendations from Multi-Country Research Programme, Public Health Reviews, 34(1), 1-18. Link to the article.

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