Research policy


Khon Kaen, Thailand
13-16 December 2006

The Meeting

This meeting is by invitation only.

Two policy makers, two citizens and one researcher from each of 15-20 countries will be invited. Participants will be identified primarily through EVIPNet, an evolving network of initiatives to support evidence-informed policy decisions in countries in Asia and Africa, and through groups identified in a recent survey of organizations that support the use of research evidence in health policy and action. In addition, formal and informal networks of policy makers, civil society organisations and researchers will be consulted.

Based on the identification of specific goals-topics, work will be commissioned in advance of the meeting to bring together the available evidence for action and implementation. The evidence summaries will be used to inform dialogue and debate, and discussion may point to ways for moving forward.

The three day meeting will utilize innovative plenary sessions, with most of the time devoted to small group discussions and informal interactions. To ensure openness and sharing, the Chatham House rule will apply, i.e. "participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed".

On the fourth (optional) day, small group, problem-based interactive training sessions and workshops will be offered. The training workshop topics, focus and scope were also identified through consultation with policymakers and citizens and they will focus on practical skills, such as establishing and maintaining partnerships between policy makers and researchers, knowing what works and what doesn't, applying research evidence in a specific setting and finding, commissioning and using systematic reviews (and assessing its local applicability).

The organizers

The Dialogue is being co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), the Thai Ministry of Public Health and Khon Kaen University, Thailand. The Planning Committee includes senior policy makers, policy analysts, researchers and evidence utilization specialists from around the world and is chaired and supported by WHO.