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Table 3 Organisation-based sources and types of knowledge mentioned in interviews or observed

From: Evidence based policy making and the ‘art’ of commissioning – how English healthcare commissioners access and use information and academic research in ‘real life’ decision-making: an empirical qualitative study

  Department of Health NICE NHS Improving Quality Public health CSU ‘Think tanks’ e.g. Kings Fund Royal Colleges Local healthcare providers Non-local CCGs/ CSUs & healthcare providers Commercial & not-for- profit providers
Best practice       
Local relationships           
Electronic newsletters           
Organisational development         
Commissioning guidance      ?    
Clinical guidelines           
‘Horizon scanning’          
Academic research           
Improvement tools          
Project management          
Service &/or population data          
Commissioning experience         
Patient pathways          
Advanced data = interrogation skills