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?

Mission: EVIPNet (the Evidence Informed Policy Network) was initiated by the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Health in 25 countries in 2005
Vision: EVIPNet partners envision a world in which policymakers in low- and middle-income countries use the best scientific evidence, contextualized to the reality of their nation, to inform policy-making and policy implementation.
EVIPNet’s mission is to promote sustainable partnerships at the global, national and regional level between policymakers, researchers and civil society to improve evidence-informed policies about public health issues to strengthen health systems and services in low- and middle-income countries, to help improve health outcomes.

Our values

EVIPNet and its partners share a common set of values that guide the network’s overarching strategy:
• Equity: EVIPNet believes in the strengthening of pro-poor, pro-equity health systems able to offer accessible, high-quality services to all.
• Trust: EVIPNet promotes sustainable partnerships based on trust, commitment, routine communication and open access to information.
• Empowerment: EVIPNet respects and promotes the sovereignty, priorities, and needs of individuals, institutions, national governments, and regions, empowering its members to work together to develop their full potential in pursuit of evidence-informed policy-making.
• Ethics: EVIPNet believes in the need to conduct all of its activities and operations in a transparent, ethical and accountable manner.
• Mutual respect: EVIPNet promotes a culture of reciprocity in which members’ contributions, insights, motivations and concerns are recognized and respected.


Stages in the process

  • DEFINE: Clearly define the health problem or issue
  • SEARCH: Efficiently search for research evidence
  • APPRAISE: Critically and efficiently appraise the research sources
  • SYNTHESIZE: Interpret/ form options or recommendations for practice or policy based on the literature found
  • ADAPT: Adapt the information to a local context
  • IMPLEMENT: Decide whether to implement the adapted evidence into practice or policy
  • EVALUATE: Evaluate the effectiveness of implementation efforts

Contact Us

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