Purpose: The University of Southern Denmark and the Research Centre for Prevention and Health in the Capital Region of Denmark are involved in the first work package of the REPOPA project dealing with mapping and further analyses of use of research evidence in selected health enhancing physical activity (HEPA) policies in 7 countries. This presentation draws on the Danish results of the policy analyses. Focus is on the use and the type of research used in three local level HEPA policies in Denmark. Methods: Three municipal level policies were selected for further investigation. Document analysis, followed by interviews with key stakeholders involved in the policy making process, were carried out. The data were analyzed with the focus on the characteristics of the research knowledge used for policy making and factors influencing the use of research and other kinds of information. Findings: Systematic reviews were conducted for one policy in relation to HEPA, otherwise search for published studies and reviews was done unsystematically. Reviews were used if available in (mostly national) reports and guidelines, which are considered reliable evidence. Scarcity of applicable HEPA research for a local context was reported. Policy makers focus on both using and generating knowledge. However, research evidence is only used in HEPA policy making if applicable to the local setting. Many factors influence the use of research into policy making such as involvement of stakeholders, availability of relevant evidence for HEPA, resources as well as organizational structure, culture and capacity. Discussion: Our insight into the actual impact of research in HEPA policy making is still sketchy. However, projects such as REPOPA will help to further our understanding of how research and other kind of information is perceived and used in local level policy making.