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Filtering by Category: evidence-informed policy

Propelling decision-makers to action! The (he)art of an issue brief

Future Health Systems

FHS partners from Ethiopia, Uganda, India and Liberia attended the recent FHS “Issue Briefs: A Knowledge translation tool for evidence-informed decision-making” workshop held at IIFPHC-E from March 26-29, 2018.

FHS partners alongside other researchers from Ethiopian research institutes and universities, and practitioners from the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia gathered to take a deep dive into the art and science of writing an Issue Brief.

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Community scorecards: addressing the maternal and newborn service related needs of the marginalized?

Future Health Systems

Caroline Namugwere (not real name) is a 27 year old disabled woman and resident of Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda. Her pregnancy experience was laden with challenges right from attending antenatal clinic appointments to delivery. Inquiry into the plight of the marginalised is part of what the Community Score Cards study of Makerere University School of Public Health in partnership with the Future Health Systems Research Consortium intends to explore over the coming months in Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda. Specific to the case of Caroline and other marginalised groups, the following research question is being pursued: To what extent does a community scorecard process incorporate and address the maternal and newborn service related needs of marginalized populations?

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Two hops from FHS: What can our Facebook page tell us about our network?

Future Health Systems

The other week I had the good fortune of participating in an excellent meeting in Prague hosted by the Open Society Foundations: Policy Research, Technology and Advocacy Event @ the Hub. The event was designed to bring experts together from across Central and Eastern European think tanks to share ideas and learn from each other on innovative approaches to evidence-based advocacy and communications.

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An interview with Dr Kirsty Newman: Understanding evidence-informed policy

Future Health Systems

At the end of February, I travelled to Nigeria for the International Conference on Evidence-informed Policy Making. I've already posted some of my reflections on and takeaways from the conference, but while there I also had the opportunity to interview Dr Kirsty Newman, the Head of the Evidence-Informed Policy Making Programme at INASP. As one of the organisers of the conference, she had a lot to say about the role of evidence in the policy-making process. Below are her answers to five questions I posed her around research, evidence use, and policy processes.
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Understanding the policy process: Reflections from the International Conference on Evidence-informed Policy Making

Future Health Systems

I recently attended the International Conference on Evidence-informed Policy Making at the end of February at Nigeria’s National Centre for Technology Management. One thing I observed at this conference is that while 'evidence-informed policy making' has become a buzz word in international development, most of the work that has been done on this subject focuses on the 'supply side'. Little has been done to understand both the incentives that drive policy makers to look for research information and their capacity to find and evaluate it.
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