American University of Beirut

What do we offer?

The K2P Mentorship Program offers flexibility in terms of content, duration, and format. 

Building on the findings of the baseline needs assessment conducted for every mentee institution, a suite of customized training, hands-on learning, and capacity development activities, will be provided to enhance knowledge, skills, and capacities (both individual and institutional levels) to support evidence-informed decision-making and action.

Mentee institutions can also opt to create their own customized capacity-building plan of action from the menu of options provided below.

Tailor-Made Courses, Modules, and Workshops ​

These will be offered in-person using a mix of presentations, hands-on exercises, policy simulations, and case studies, and will target both the supply and demand side of evidence. 
They can also take the form of blended learning approaches to maximize the value of both face-to-face and online training. 

Menu of Courses/Modules 

  • Introduction to Public policy, policymaking process, and role of evidence in policymaking
  • Introduction to health systems and health policy and systems research
  • Priority setting for health research
  • Efficient search of the literature for relevant research evidence
  • Introduction to systematic reviews
  • Launching Rapid Response Services/developing rapid response products
  • Preparing knowledge translation products including Policy briefs/Briefing Notes
  • Convening policy dialogues
  • Promoting citizen engagement in policymaking
  • Role of media in policymaking
  • Evidence-informed advocacy
  • Data visualization
  • Monitoring and Evaluation  ​

Webinars ​

Online webinars constitute a cost-effective and logistically convenient approach to offer courses and modules to participants across multiple countries. They also serve as convening platforms for sharing knowledge and exchange of experiences across the different mentee institutions.. 

Policy fellowship program​

Policy fellowship programs have emerged as innovative models of partnership to promote researcher-policymaker exchange and engagement as well as enhance capacity in evidence-informed decision-making in health. They utilize immersive methods of experiential learning and professional cross-placements that extend beyond theory to real-world practice.

Check the K2P Policy Fellowship Program: Call for Application


Hands-on culminating activity​

The knowledge and skills gained through the courses, training, and capacity development workshops will culminate in a real-life hands-on activity addressing a health systems issue that is relevant to the local and/or regional context of the mentee institution. 

This phase will require interactions among researchers, policymakers,​​ and other stakeholders to identify a policy-relevant question (e.g. through a priority setting exercise), search for and appraise relevant evidence, prepare knowledge translation products (e.g. policy briefs), and undertake knowledge uptake activities (e.g. policy dialogue) to achieve policy impact.​


Institutional support

To sustain efforts to promote evidence-informed decision-making and action, institutions must have the required institutional infrastructure, systems, programs, and processes in place to support evidence use in decision-making. Depending on readiness, capacity and existing resources, peer mentee institutions will develop a menu of options to integrate institutional support for evidence-informed decision-making and action. Support will also be provided to implement at least one activity from the menu option.   ​

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