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Use and value of research

We evaluate how research projects are conducted and how the outputs are used by HSE and the wider community. This helps us understand their value in contributing to our objectives of preventing people being killed, injured or made ill by work.

We commission a wide range of research projects and the time frames between completion of research, use of outputs and indications of their impact are variable.

Because research may be only one of a number of factors that contribute to HSE policies or interventions, it can be difficult to attribute its impact and value objectively. We therefore adopt a pragmatic approach, taking an overview of individual projects and programmes of research to examine quality, relevance, use by HSE and overall value.

We assess use in the following ways. A summary of findings is included in the Science Review 2017:

Updated 2017-03-14