Work package 9 - Bridging the gap between research and policy

 

Overall objective

To develop, implement and evaluate a strategy that aims to bridge the gap between research and health policy and decision making.

 

Specific objectives
  • To bridge the gap between research and policy by involving national and local policy-makers and authorities in the research process from the beginning of the project.

 

Description

From the onset of the research process, the African partners will strongly promote the participation and involvement of the local and national health authorities and policymakers in the research project to bridge the gap between research and health policy and to improve local ownership. To reach these objectives stakeholders' workshops will be organized and a local Policy Advisory Board will be established in each of the African partner countries.

To enhance the involvement of all stakeholders concerned (ministry of health, national and international NGOs, faith based organizations, civil society organizations, health providers etc.) an approach of 'Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation' will be adopted. Stakeholders will be invited to be involved in the research process discussions. A causal analysis workshop will be organized at the beginning of the project in which stakeholders will be consulted to assess the problems they meet in the field of postpartum and newborn health. The results of this workshop will feed work package 4 (design of context specific packages of intervention) and increase the African ownership of the research project. A participatory evaluation workshop involving the same stakeholders will be organized at the end of the project. The results of this workshop will feed work package 6 and 7 and enhance the translation of research results in policies to improve postpartum and newborn health.

Another tool to bridge the gap between research and policy is the establishment of a local Policy Advisory Board in each of the African partner countries. The Policy Advisory Boards should include political stakeholders, scientific experts and health managers. They will give advice on e.g. adequacy of the research to the needs of Africa, dissemination and use of project results, ethical issues, translation of research results in policy-relevant strategies. The Policy Advisory Boards will meet at the beginning of the project and annually during the five following projects years.

The expected outcome of work package 9 is improved African ownership of the research project and results and the translation of research results into policy relevant recommendations.