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Table 2 Details on data collection, analysis and synthesis

From: Qualitative assessment of opportunities and challenges to improve evidence-informed health policy-making in Hungary – an EVIPNet situation analysis pilot

Data collection phase Timeline Type of stakeholders involved Questions answered Data analysis method Overall synthesis method
Launch event 21 April, 2015 High-level EIP stakeholders (top and mid-level policy-makers in office at the time, influential health policy researchers) Based on a short guidance that were presented to four groups (for details on guidance see Additional file 7) Qualitative synthesis of the output of each group (see Additional files 5 and 6) Analysed data were grouped according to the draft SA’s 4 major areas (national context, health policy-making context, health research system, research-policy interface) and a narrative synthesis was produced
Focus group discussions 23 June, 2015
26 June, 2015
29 June, 2015
Mid-level policy-makers, ex top-level policy-makers, influential researchers, representatives of interest groups Based on a focus group guide (for details see Additional file 2) Free coding using transcripts, followed by thematic analysis
Semi-structured interviews June–August, 2015 Top-level policy-makers in office at the time, leaders of interest groups, influential health policy experts Based on an interview guide (for details see Additional file 3) Qualitative synthesis based on interview notes
Online questionnaires August–September, 2015 Representatives of divisions of the ministry, government agencies and university departments dealing with health policy research Based on questionnaires (for details see Additional file 1) Quantitative questions were summarised in charts and tables, qualitative, free text-based answers were synthetised qualitatively
Document analysis August–September, 2015 Not applicable Based on guiding questions (for details see Additional file 4) Extraction of relevant information from documents
Validation meeting 5 November, 2015 Mid-level policy-makers, influential researchers, representative of an NGO Participants had to reinforce or reject the soundness of main findings in the preliminary report Qualitative synthesis based on notes Corrections were made to the preliminary report where necessary