Evidence-informed policy-making

EVIPNet Africa


EVIPNet REACH

The Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative was established in 2005 under the East African Health Research Commission, (EAHRC) within the East African Community Secretariat by its Council of Ministers. The EAHRC has designated National Focal Points within the Partner States of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The Uganda National Health Research Organisation (UNHRO) is the National Focal Point for the EAHRC, and hence the Country Office for REACH Uganda. The REACH Country Office Secretariat is supervised by the Director General, UNHRO who is appointed by the Minister of Health and reports to the Director General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health headquarters. REACH Uganda is a partner in the Supporting Use of Research Evidence (SURE) for Policy project in collaboration with the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) in Africa. REACH Uganda has completed its first year of implementation with the production of an evidence-based policy brief on ‘Task Shifting to improve delivery of Maternal and Child Healthcare’. This policy brief was shared during two deliberative dialogues with parliamentarians, policymakers, researchers, civil society and the media to stimulate discussion and inform the policymaking process.

REACH-Uganda Evidence briefs for Policy

REACH Uganda Rapid Response Mechanism

The Uganda SURE/EVIPNet team has piloted a rapid response mechanism for the network. The team has 24 to 48 hours to respond to a demand of a policy-maker about a topic/problem. With priority issues, a rapid response brief is followed by a national policy dialogue. As a result of their great work, they are currently training EVIPNet teams in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Zambia and strengthen South-South approach of cooperation and collaboration. The policy dialogue was focus on transition and sustainability of nutrition programs and included evidence from the rapid response reports on food fortification. The rapid response on sustainability was asked for by GAIN and this arose out of a concern that the fortification project by GAIN was coming to an end in July 2011 and would be handed over to the government through the Ministry of Health. However from the ministry's past record the sustainability of this was in question. On receipt of the rapid response they were impressed and wanted to share the evidence with other stakeholders and especially the MOH. So FANTA-2 (USAID) and GAIN sponsored the dialogue to figure out ways in which we can support in an advisory way, the MOH on the sustainability of the fortification program and any other nutrition programs in future." This may be a good example to show in the Evidence-informed Guidance for Scaling-up Effective and Safe Nutrition Interventions: 2nd Meeting of Partners' Committee.

SURE/EVIPNet Uganda : Rapid Response Mechanism

REACH Uganda Clearing House

Background

The Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative in Uganda is engaged in the production of knowledge translation products such as evidence-based policy briefs, rapid response summaries that are shared with stakeholders. In addition to deliberative dialogues, REACH Uganda proposes an additional strategy for improving the accessibility of research evidence is the development of a clearing house for long-term and wider dissemination. Specific activities include: developing a web-based structure for research evidence relevant to decisions about health systems; active engagement of stakeholders in the development of a user-friendly design format and identification of information needs; user-testing and a wider pilot survey for this knowledge translation strategy. The expected output will be a structure for a web-based clearinghouse that is easily navigable and searchable according to different types of research syntheses, including contextualised research products, a restricted collaborative space, and links to relevant databases.

Vision:

To be a one-stop centre of excellence for providing health systems research evidence for decision-making in the East African Community

Mission:

To contribute to improved decisions about health systems in East Africa by improving policymakers’ and policy practitioners’ access to research evidence that is relevant, reliable, accessible and timely. Target audiences: technical staff supporting policymaker needs for research information, policymakers and managers, donors and international organizations.