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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|
|Keywords: ||KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION|
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES
EVIDENCE BASED 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|
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.
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goals and outdated laws were identified as key drivers.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.
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.|
|Project Number: ||103460|
|Project Title: ||Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership|
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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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