Translating Evidence Into Action

This thematic working group focuses on the translation of health systems evidence into action through knowledge exchange on best practices, lessons learned, and practical guidance and tools.

About the Translating Evidence into Action TWG

The need for strong evidence to support health systems strengthening efforts globally has gained increasing attention in past years. However, there continues to be a gap between the creation of new and solid evidence from health systems research (HSR) efforts and the translation of that same evidence into policy action. Policy makers struggle to find, collect and understand context specific evidence to support their own decision-making needs, despite existing knowledge. These challenges are not inevitable, and we propose that with the right level of support and interaction between researchers and decision-makers, the translation of research findings into actionable policy and programmatic guidance is an achievable goal.

This thematic working group will focus on the translation of health systems evidence into action, and support mechanisms to share best practices, lessons learned, and practical guidance and tools. The overall aim is to decrease the current gap between what we know and what we do.

We set out to:

  • Enable researchers to support the use of health systems research by policy-makers and other stakeholders

  • Raise awareness among policy-makers, programme implementers, providers, citizens and the press/media about the need to value, demand and use evidence

  • Create opportunities for all Health Systems Global members to dialogue and share best practices in evidence translation

  • Collaborate with other Health Systems Global thematic working groups to promote evidence translation.

Our group’s key activities:

Group facilitators

  • Daniela Rodriguez

    Chair of Thematic Working Group
  • Nasreen Jessani

    Co-Vice Chair of Thematic Working Group
  • Taylor Williamson

    Co-Vice Chair of Thematic Working Group
  • Tabitha Kibuka

    Coordinator of Thematic Working Group

How do we manage the delicate balance between ‘technical’ and ‘social’ in translating evidence to action?

The webinar built upon the issues discussed in The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development, an edited
collection of articles by IDS and the Impact Initiative. The webinar was chaired by TWG co-chair Nasreen Jessani
and panellists TWG member Benjamin Uzochukwu, University of Nigeria, Amy North, University College London
and Danielle Doughman, African Population and Health Research Centre.

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Translating Evidence into Action: An introduction to the Thematic Working Group

Watch this short video for an overview of the TWG, it's mission and activities! 

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Get involved

If you’re interested in being part of the Translating Evidence into Action TWG, we welcome your participation. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Request to join the moderated working group listserv. To join, or find out more, contact Nasreen Jessani (njessani(at) or Daniela Rodriguez (drodri17(at)

  • Submit best practices, stories, tools or case studies on how research evidence was packaged to affect policy processes.

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