Study of the Flow of Scientific Information Phase 2

Code:    Proj-38
Date:    10/01/1975 - 07/01/1976
Duration: 9 Months

The study provided basic information to help policymakers and communicators bridge the gap between sources and users of scientific information. It was prompted by the widely accepted observation that while the national program was getting strong research support from both public and private agencies, research results often reached only the scholarly elite and hardly seeped down to the users - policymakers, administrators, doctors, nurses, midwives, and other field practitioners.

Using a time-series research design, Phase II looked into the relationship between clinic performance and levels of exposure to scientific/technical information. Clinic performance was operationally defined as the level of family planning knowledge, attitude towards reading/discussing scientific publications, intention to read/discuss, and actual reading/discussion of scientific publications sent to the clinic. Level of exposure refered to the total number of publications which a clinic received since February 1976.

Results of the Information Flow Study were disseminated through various ways and venues. Copies of the study were sent directly to family planning agencies. Editors of population and family planning newsletters were invited to a workshop, at which the results of the study were presented and the implications for program managers and field personnel discussed.