Translating science into policy

How we are working with research teams to develop and communicate policies to improve the health of the population.

Diabetes – a major health challenge

Diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts millions of lives across the globe. It is one of the major health challenges of the century. Research is critical in developing new evidence-based policies to help us prevent the disease. We are working with eminent research groups across Europe and Australia to help them translate their research outcomes into policy.

How we are supporting diabetes research projects

Our communications and policy experts are working in some inspiring collaborations, funded by the EU research programme Horizon 2020.


DynaHEALTH (completed in 2019) focused on how to reduce our risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life. The Beta team coordinated the development of a publication aimed at healthcare policymakers to share recommendations from the research. One of the key findings was about intervention at pre-school age and the potential to reduce disease risks in later life. This age group is often overlooked by healthcare systems and is a critical stage in a child’s development. To find out more you can access the policy recommendations here.

One of our current health projects is Bump2Baby and Me. It will trial an innovative health coaching app for pregnant women at risk of developing gestational diabetes. This condition causes complications in pregnancy and can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life, for both mum and baby.

Another, LongITools, is investigating how our living environment interacts with our genetics and biology, and how this then affects our risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Finding common ground with policymakers

For all these projects, it’s essential for the emerging research to translate into realistic options for policymakers at different levels of government. We are creating new platforms and facilitating dialogue to bridge the gap between science and policy. These initiatives will connect policy experts with our research teams to help ensure science is guided by their needs and that the findings are translated into appropriate, implementable, evidence-based policy options.


Beta is proud to be leading the communication, dissemination, and exploitation of these exciting projects. They will help our understanding of diabetes and provide options for policymakers to help tackle disease, enabling us all to live healthier lives in a more sustainable environment.

Talk to us about how we can help your research project generate impact at a policy level.