Training Sessions on the Basic Principles of Translating Evidence to Policy:
A Focus on Development & Uptake of Evidence Briefs for Policy

The RADAAR Project of the International Vaccine Institute and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) are jointly developing and piloting an accelerated approach to strengthening national and regional capacities to translate AMR data and evidence into effective policies. The RADAAR project has continuously evolved and has been agile and responsive to the demands from countries and key national AMR stakeholders. The current collaborative engagement and pilot initiative builds on identified needs, research insights, and demands expressed by the 22 Fleming Fund priority countries. Besides the EVIPNet team at WHO-HQ, technical assistance is also being provided by the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center – WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice – based at the American University of Beirut.

The specific objectives of this pilot initiative are to:

  1. Develop, adapt, and pilot an efficient and effective capacity-building methodology and tools for strengthening national and regional capacities for translating AMR data and evidence into compelling policy briefs and policy advocacy strategies in Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal) and Africa (Uganda, Malawi).

  2. Generate demand from policy/decision-makers for sharing and analyzing policy-relevant data and evidence to inform AMR national and regional policymaking.

  3. Develop a model and ‘scale-up’ plan based on lessons emerging from the pilot initiative implemented in the 4 countries, and subsequently make the process and methodology available to all 22 Fleming Fund priority countries.

Inputs to the 4 pilot countries are being provided in the form of 15 structured training sessions through 8 webinars during August-November 2022. The online webinars comprise presentations, case studies, and group discussions/ exercises, towards developing country and context-specific ‘Evidence Briefs for Policy’ (EBP). These will be supplemented by facilitated in-country offline meetings and work by the country teams themselves.

The main expected outcomes of this pilot initiative are strengthened capacities within the selected countries to translate relevant AMR data and evidence into effective policies and policy actions, as evidenced through:

  • Improved levels of AMR data sharing and analysis across key stakeholders and sectors

  • Increased demand by policy and decision-makers for policy-relevant AMR data and evidence

  • Improved uptake and demand by policy and decision-makers for issue-specific AMR policy briefs

Webinar 1. Overview of Policy-making Process and Role of Evidence in Health Policy-making
Date:  Thursday, 11 August 2022
Objectives:

  1. Acquaint participants with the EVIPNet approach of translating evidence to policy
  2. Introduce attendees to the policy-making process/role of evidence in health policy-making
  3. Raise participants’ awareness of efforts to link research to policy
  4. Share success stories of EVIPNet Member Countries related to development of EBPs on AMR

Webinar 2. Mapping of Policy/Political Context and Key Stakeholders
Date:  Thursday, 18 August 2022
Objectives:

  1. To highlight the importance of understanding the political and health system to enable the design of a proper policy response
  2. To outline the key areas to keep in mind when mapping the policy and political context
  3. To specify the key role categories for stakeholder mapping
  4. To map policy/political context and key stakeholders related to AMR- Hands on work
  5. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 3. Harnessing Best Available Research Evidence for EBPs: What, Where and How?
Date:  Thursday, 25 August 2022
Objectives:

  1. To understand the ABCs of searching the literature
  2. To recognize what type of evidence to search for when preparing EBP
  3. To identify key databases to search for research evidence (with a focus on systematic reviews)
  4. To appraise the quality of included systematic reviews
  5. To document the search strategy
  6. To develop a search strategy and search key databases for systematic reviews- Hands on work
  7. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 4. Framing the Problem for EBPs: A Science and a Craft
Date:   Thursday, 8 September 2022
Objectives:

  1. To describe the key features of an evidence brief for policy
  2. To identify a list of guiding questions to consider when framing a problem
  3. To recognize the different arrangement(s) for clarifying the underlying factors of the problem
  4. To frame a problem statement for selected priority topic(s)- Hands on work
  5. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 5. Framing Viable Policy Options to Address a Problem: A Step by Step Guide
Date:   Thursday, 15 September 2022
Objectives:

  1. To identify a list of questions to consider when identifying options to address a problem
  2. To understand how research evidence can help to respond to these questions
  3. To become familiar with key variables to consider when developing (and expanding on) each policy option
  4. To identify 3-4 policy options to address the problem (and its causes) clarified earlier – hands on work
  5. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 6. Closing the loop: From Policy Options to Implementation Considerations
Date:   Thursday, 13 October 2022
Objectives:

  1. To identify the level(s) where there are potential barriers to (and counterstrategies for) the successful implementation of a policy option
  2. To recognize the appropriate types of research evidence to inform   implementation considerations
  3. To search for evidence on implementation considerations- hands on work
  4. To provide overview of EBP outline (and semi-structured interviews/litmus testing)
  5. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 7. Post-EBP uptake phase: Policy Dialogues, Visualization & Role of Media
Date:   Thursday, 27 October 2022
Objectives:

  1. To understand the key functions and features of a policy dialogue
  2. To identify the types of stakeholders who can participate in a policy dialogue
  3. To become familiarized with key dialogue facilitation tips
  4. To enhance participant’s understanding of data visualization & the role of media in policy-making
  5. To draft an outreach strategy for EBP (including potential stakeholders to participate in a policy dialogue)- Hands on work
  6. To provide feedback on preparatory work

Webinar 8. Simulation Meeting: Presentation of Formative EBP
Date:   Thursday, 10 November 2022
Objectives:

  1. To present the draft formative EBPs among countries teams (peer review)
  2. To propose outreach strategy(ies) for EBPs
  3. To reflect on next steps (including potential for scale up)
  4. Wrap up and closing