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Title: A multi-faceted approach to promote knowledge translation platforms in eastern Mediterranean countries: climate for evidence-informed policy
Authors: El-Jardali, Fadi
Ataya, Nour
Jamal, Diana
Jaafar, Maha
Keywords: KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION
EVIDENCE-INFORMED POLICY
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
POLICY FORMULATION
EVIDENCE BASED POLICY
HEALTH POLICY
Issue Date: 6-May-2012
Citation: El-Jardali, F., Ataya, N., Jamal, D., & Jaafar, M. (2012). A multi-faceted approach to promote knowledge translation platforms in eastern Mediterranean countries: climate for evidence-informed policy. Health Research Policy and Systems, 10 (15). doi:10.1186/1478-4505-10-15
Abstract: Objectives: Limited work has been done to promote knowledge translation (KT) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). The objectives of this study are to: 1.assess the climate for evidence use in policy; 2.explore views and practices about current processes and weaknesses of health policymaking; 3.identify priorities including short-term requirements for policy briefs; and 4.identify country-specific requirements for establishing KT platforms. Methods: Senior policymakers, stakeholders and researchers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen participated in this study. Questionnaires were used to assess the climate for use of evidence and identify windows of opportunity and requirements for policy briefs and for establishing KT platforms. Current processes and weaknesses of policymaking were appraised using case study scenarios. Closed-ended questions were analyzed descriptively. Qualitative data was analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: KT activities were not frequently undertaken by policymakers and researchers in EMR countries, research evidence about high priority policy issues was rarely made available, and interaction between policymakers and researchers was limited, and policymakers rarely identified or created places for utilizing research evidence in decision-making processes. Findings emphasized the complexity of policymaking. Donors, political regimes, economic goals and outdated laws were identified as key drivers. Lack of policymakers’ abilities to think strategically, constant need to make quick decisions, limited financial resources, and lack of competent and trained human resources were suggested as main weaknesses. Conclusion: Despite the complexity of policymaking processes in countries from this region, the absence of a structured process for decision making, and the limited engagement of policymakers and researchers in KT activities, there are windows of opportunity for moving towards more evidence informed policymaking.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/49722
Project Number: 103460
Project Title: Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership
Appears in Collections:IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
Research Results (GHRI) / Résultats de recherches (IRSM)
Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership (TC) / partenariat Teasdale-Corti de recherche en santé mondiale
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) / la santé de la mère, du nouveau-né, et de l’enfant
Health Systems Research / recherche sur les systèmes de santé
2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019

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