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:
Hosting webinars on evidence translation with selected experts to focus on key topics, questions, and engage in Q&A. You can watch our most recent webinars here:
How do we manage the delicate balance between ‘technical’ and ‘social’ in translating evidence to action? - In the first of the Research to Action Roundtable webinar series the TWG along with the Institute of Development Studies and the Impact Initiative hosted an expert panel asking ‘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.
Translating Evidence to Policy – UHC reforms in Francophone Africa (in French and English)
Conducting a Baseline Assessment/Inventory of Global Initiatives for Knowledge Translation. This assessment will serve as a “hub” to collect and share knowledge translation materials among the TWGs and beyond. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the Cross-Constituency Engagement sub-TWG of SHaPeS.
Co-organizing a session as part of the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. This panel session, organized in collaboration with the SHaPeS TWG, will seek to “decode” knowledge translation and cross-constituency engagement initiatives and institutions through a presentation and discussion of our global inventory of knowledge translation. The objective of the session is to encourage the use of strategies to ensure health policy and systems research result in action.
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.
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!
Publications and Resources
- Article: Strengthening capacity to apply health research evidence in policy making: experience from four countries
- Translating Evidence into Action Framework
- Roundtable discussion on the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: why prioritise talk over aid in the midst of the Ebola crisis? BMC Health Services Research, 2015
- Roundtable discussion: how lessons learned from HIV can inform the global response to viral hepatitis, BMC Infectious Diseases, 2014
- A theory of change for capacity building for the use of research evidence by decision makers in southern Africa, Evidence & Policy, 2014
- What have we learned from the application of systematic review methodology in international development? – a thematic overview, Journal of Development Effectiveness, May 2014
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)jhu.edu) or Daniela Rodriguez (drodri17(at)jhu.edu).
Submit best practices, stories, tools or case studies on how research evidence was packaged to affect policy processes.
Participate in our webinars – suggest topics and speakers, or just tune in!Join our group