For all research, there’s a process:
Observation -> Inference -> Opinion -> Recommendation
It starts with raw observation.
- “The user never clicked on the “Confirm” button.”
- “The user said they’d like a feature to reconcile balances with the statement.”
These are what you observed during the research. Anyone else who paid attention to the research would get the same observations.
From observations, you draw inferences.
- “The user didn’t see the confirm button.”
- “Reconciliation is a necessary function in balancing accounts.”
Inferences aren’t observed. They are added to explain the observation. Different observers would bring different inferences to the table.
From inferences, you come to design opinions.
- “The design of the confirm button is hard to see.”
- “Reconciliation is a feature customers would upgrade for.”
Opinions are where you integrate your experience as a designer, product manager, or other key member of the team to factor in the importance of a future change to the design.
Based on opinions, you make recommendations.
- “We should clean up the visual design of the buttons.”
- “We should build a reconciliation feature during the next sprint.”
Recommendations are the last step before a decision is rendered.
(All of this is described in more depth in The Road to Recommendation.)
You said you think your opinions are worth more than others. You haven’t explained why. Just being the keeper of the observations doesn’t automatically grant you the extra value in your opinions or recommendations.
If everyone has equal access to the observations (meaning they have seen them and understand them like you do), then their opinions (based on their inferences from that set of observations) should be equally waited, plus whatever other experience they may have in the business.
If you know the observations better because you did the research and they didn’t, then that’s a failure in your distribution of the observations. (Observations observed are higher quality than observations reported.)
You don’t automatically get more weight because you conducted the research and they didn’t. It sounds like if you want them to take the research under consideration more, you need to get them involved in it more, up front. (That’s my recommendation, based on what you’ve said and the inferences I’ve drawn from your comments.)
This may help: Fast Path to a Great UX - Increased Exposure Hours