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Translating Evidence into Action

The Translating Evidence into Action (E2A) Thematic Working Group (TWG) focuses on the translation of health systems evidence into action through knowledge exchange on 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.

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 efforts and the translation of that same evidence into policy action. Policymakers 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.

Objectives

  • Enable researchers to support the use of health systems research by policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Raise awareness among policymakers, program implementers, providers, citizens and the press/media about the need to value, demand and use evidence.
  • Create opportunities for all Health Systems Global (HSG) members to dialogue and share best practices in evidence translation
  • Collaborate with other HSG TWGs to promote evidence translation.

Activities

News and views

News and views

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Facilitators

Ahmad Firas Khalid

Ahmad Firas Khalid

Chair

Anna Kalbarczyk

Anna Kalbarczyk

Co-Chair

Cristián Mansilla

Cristián Mansilla

Project Management

Emily Vargas

Emily Vargas

Communication Chair

Ahmad Firas Khalid

Ahmad Firas Khalid

Chair

As a health policy researcher specialized in humanitarian crises, I have dedicated time and effort to understand better how best to support evidence use in decision-making to improve the effectiveness of interventions in crisis zones. I created a new conceptual framework focused on putting forward actionable strategies to improve real-time evidence use in decision-making at multiple system levels: political, health, international humanitarian aid, and research system. My scholarly work is grounded in my professional experiences and aims to support countries to make informed decisions about how to effectively and efficiently invest resources that can lead to better outcomes.

Anna Kalbarczyk

Anna Kalbarczyk

Co-Chair

I currently manage a 7-country consortium that seeks to map, synthesize, and disseminate lessons learned from polio eradication via courses, implementation clinics, policy briefs, policy dialogues, and network development. Through this consortium I also conducted a mixed-methods study to design a tool to assess and improve readiness of academic institutions in low-and middle-income countries to conduct knowledge translation activities. I am passionate about using and promoting knowledge translation approaches to engage decision-makers and improve knowledge utilization for improved health outcomes.

Cristián Mansilla

Cristián Mansilla

Project Management

I am currently a PhD student in the Health Policy program at McMaster University, and a research assistant at the McMaster Health Forum. I have dedicated an important part of my professional career to supporting health policy making processes, using the best available research evidence. Through my work in this field, I have contributed to the development and implementation of several policies at the Ministry of Health in Chile. I also founded and led the Evidence-Informed Policy Making Unit at the Ministry of Health in that country. As part of my professional experience, I have also been a consultant on a number of evidence-informed health policymaking, and monitoring and evaluation projects for WHO.

Emily Vargas

Emily Vargas

Communication Chair

My experience as a Founder, CEO, and senior consultant at the Evidence Knowledge Brokering in Public Health SAS company, and as a research specialist at National Institute of Health in Colombia and Mexico, provided me with a strong background in knowledge management; systematic thinking; health research, and knowledge translation to improve the formulation and implementation of health interventions. Specialized focus in areas of policy development, health systems analysis with emphasis on the social determinants of health, and health system capability. Excellent interpersonal skills and sensitivity to work with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.

Publications and resources

The authors describe the experiences of five projects (in Bangladesh, Gambia, India and Nigeria), where collaborative teams of researchers and policy makers/policy influencers worked to strengthen policy maker capacity to increase the use of evidence in policy.

E2A supports evidence-informed action, using the best available data and research evidence – systematically and transparently –in the time available.

Health systems experts from around the world discuss why they were meeting at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research while people were dying of Ebola in West Africa.

In the last few years, as viral hepatitis has become a more prominent issue on national and international health agendas, talk of 'learning from HIV' has become quite common. It is understandable for researchers, policymakers and activists to make this link, given the notable commonalities between HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.