Poor decisions which are not informed by research evidence or based on improper interpretation of research evidence often have negative consequences on human lives and render those who make such decisions subject to criticism. Incorporating evidence into the policymaking process provides policymakers, policy advisors and managers the ability to make better decisions that can strengthen health systems and improve the health of citizens. Evidence-informed policymaking is an approach to ensure that policymaking is well-informed by the best available evidence. Knowledge translation (KT) has gained prominence as an innovative approach bridge the gap between research and policy and promote evidence-informed policymaking.
This workshop covered the concept and application of evidence-informed policymaking. Through interactive group activities, PowerPoint presentation, cases studies and simulation exercises, workshop participants learned the fundamentals of evidence-informed policymaking, the range of KT tools and approaches available to promote the use of evidence in policymaking, and the methods to efficiently access and select research evidence. Effective tips were also provided on how to communicate evidence (both published and tacit) with policy makers.
At the end of this workshop, participants were able to:
→ Understand how to identify policy-relevant priorities
→ Demonstrate enhanced skills in
acquiring and applying research evidence in decision-making
→ Demonstrate ability to develop policy briefs and convene policy dialogues
→ Identify communication strategies and tools for reaching multiple audiences
→ Practice ability to communicate with policymakers
→ Advocate for evidence-informed and sound public health policies