Professor Annette Boaz



15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I have more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains. I was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape, the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice and have undertaken an international leadership role in promoting the use of evidence. I am a Founding Editor of the International Journal Evidence & Policy and have recently published a book on evidence use: 'What Works Now.' With Kathryn Oliver, I lead Transforming Evidence, an international initiative designed to support the use of research evidence in different policy fields and contexts.  I have a particular research interest in stakeholder involvement, the role of partnerships in promoting research use, implementation science and service improvement.  I have worked in the UK Department of Health and also the Government Office for Science.  I am a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the WHO European Advisory Commitee on Health Research.   


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


I supervise a number of PhD students with an interest in the use of research in policy and practice, implementation Science and service improvement. I contribute to several of Masters level taught courses focused on implementation and improvement. I co-lead the EBPHP module on the DPH programme.


I have a number of research projects underway:

  • ESRC/ GO-Science Areas of Research Interest Fellowship
  • The Research England Funded CAPE programme - focusing on building capacity to support evidence use in policymaking in the UK
  • The ESRC Funded SASCI study - looking at innovation in adult social care
  • The NIHR Policy Research Programme Funded ARAPAHO study - looking at research use in primary care
  • The NIHR funded Creating Care Partnerships study
  • The NIHR funded cross ARC programme on the implementation of interventions in Mental Health (MHIN)
Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Quality improvement
Research : policy relationship
Science policy
Systematic reviews
Evidence use
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Political science
Social Sciences
Social Policy
United Kingdom
United States of America
North America

Selected Publications

Mapping the field of evidence production and use
Oliver K; Adie E; Boaz A
A Handbook of Meta-Research
What works to promote research-policy engagement?
Oliver K; Hopkins A; Boaz A; Guillot-Wright S; Cairney P
Evidence and Policy
Development and psychometric evaluation of the Implementation Science Research Project Appraisal Criteria (ImpResPAC) tool: a study protocol.
Sweetnam C; Goulding L; Davis RE; Khadjesari Z; Boaz A; Healey A; Sevdalis N; Bakolis I; Hull L
BMJ open
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