Friday, March 25, 2011

Evidence Informed Policy Making

Information availability has greatly improved in Malawi. The is a lot of local content being generated in Malawi. For instance the Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative has grants available to researchers in Malawi to do research.

The next step, challenging though, is to have the research inform policy. Realizing that there are skills gaps among policy makers in Malawi, the way to go would be to train the people involved in policy making.

A search for systematic reviews relevant to Malawi on Cochrane Library reveals that not much is available. Malawi needs a national research database which should include full-text research publications and systematic reviews.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)is working in this area and ready to collaborate in Evidence Informed Policy Making

PERii's Evidence-Informed Policy Making component (EIPM) works to increase uptake of research in policy making. They work with a range of policy makers and influencers to build the demand for research information. In addition, They work with researchers to improve their ability to provide relevant information to policy makers.

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