Evidence-informed policy-making

What is evidence-informed policy-making ?

Evidence-informed health policy-making is an approach to policy decisions that aims to ensure that decision making is well-informed by the best available research evidence.

It is characterised by the systematic and transparent access to, and appraisal of, evidence as an input into the policy-making process.

What is EVIPNet?

EVIPNet is a knowledge translation platform (KTP) established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005 to promote the systematic use of health research evidence in policy-making.

Focusing on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), it promotes sustainable partnerships at the country level between policy-makers, researchers and civil society in order to facilitate policy development and implementation through the use of the best scientific evidence available. The network brings together country teams, which are coordinated at both regional and global levels.

What does EVIPNet do at the global level?

Capacity strengthening and empowerment of policy-makers, researchers, representatives of civil society to enable them to make better use of evidence in policy-making and advocacy;

Information exchange – disseminating successful methods and tools, experience and best practices among partners and other countries;

Monitoring and evaluation processes that document the lessons learned from the use of an array of evidence-to-policy processes in different contexts.

What does EVIPNet do at the country level?

Production of policy briefs and other user-friendly formats for research syntheses and discussion of policy options;

Establishment of priority-setting mechanisms for relevant health policies;

Organization of ‘safe haven’ deliberative forums involving policymakers, researchers and civil society to stimulate context-specific, evidence-informed local action;

Development of clearinghouses, observatories and rapid response mechanisms that might provide timely, high-quality research syntheses and research relevant to policy.


EVIPNet Virtual Health Library

Contact Us

World Health Organization
Evidence Informed Policy Network
20, avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Email: evipnet@who.int