Improvements in health and health systems worldwide, and especially in low- and middle-income countries, are largely dependent on the translation of cumulative research evidence into policy and practice. HIFA is uniquely positioned to convene the full range of relevant stakeholders worldwide to explore how this evidence can be better translated, looking at drivers and barriers at all levels: international, national and facility level worldwide.
The HIFA Project on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice promotes communication, understanding and advocacy on the HIFA forums around the information, knowledge management and knowledge translation challenges for countries to:
(a) develop national policy and practice guidelines
(b) use these guidelines to support improvements in policy and practice at national, district and local levels and at the front line of health care.
The remit includes country-level policymaking, implementation research and systematic reviews.
From 2016-18 this project has been supported by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), WHO and The Lancet to support a series of online discussions on the uptake of evidence into policy and practice, with a particular focus on country-level policymaking, systematic reviews and implementation research. These discussions have now been successfully completed and the findings were presented at international conferences.
Sponsorship opportunity: The HIFA Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice working group is seeking additional sponsorship to continue our work in 2019-20. Please contact us for details.