This project report derives from a baseline policy analysis study to assess the status of research use in the formulation of policies by the Ministry of Health in Kenya (MoH). The study was conducted as part of the SECURE Health (Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy) programme in Kenya, whose overall objective is to optimise access and use of research evidence in health sector decision-making, planning and programming. The SECURE Health programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to implement and evaluate interventions aimed at addressing individual and institutional bottlenecks that prevent policy-makers from effectively accessing and using research evidence in their work. It (SECURE Health) is a three-year project implemented through a partnership of the MoH, parliament and the SECURE Health Consortium led by the African Institute of Development Policy (AFIDEP). Other partners in the Consortium include the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), FHI 360 and the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC).