Work package 9: Taking research to policy

Overall objective

  • Full participation and involvement of the local and national health authorities and policymakers in the research project to develop, implement and evaluate a strategy to bridge the gap between research and health policy and service delivery guidelines

Specific objectives

  • Organisation of  stakeholders’ workshops in each of the Indian and African partner countries at commencement of project
  • Establishment  of a local Policy Advisory Board (PAB)  in each of the Indian and African partner countries
  • National health organisations give input into the  interventions and research
  • Regular communication channels set up during project period
  • Regular meetings with national stakeholders throughout the project period (PABs and others)
  • Final evaluation workshop on completion of project
  • Report on policy relevance of the research results in each of the country sites

Description

From the onset of the research process, the African and Indian partners promoted the participation and involvement of the local and national health authorities and policymakers in the research project to bridge the gap between research and health policy, and to improve local ownership. To reach these objectives, stakeholders’ workshops were organised and a local Policy Advisory Board (PAB) established in each partner country. To enhance the involvement of all stakeholders concerned (ministry of health, national and international NGOs, faith based organisations, civil society organisations, health providers) an approach of ‘Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation’ was adopted. Stakeholders were invited to be involved in the research process discussions. A causal analysis workshop was organised in the beginning of the project in which stakeholders were consulted to assess the problems they meet in the field of SRH. The results of this workshop fed WP4 (design of context specific packages of intervention) and increased the African and Indian ownership of the research project. A participatory evaluation workshop involving the same stakeholders was organised at the end of the project. The results of this workshop fed WP 6 and 7 and enhance the translation of research results in policies to improve SRH. Another tool to bridge the gap between research and policy was the establishment of a local Policy Advisory Board (PAB) in each of the African and Indian partner countries. The PABs included political stakeholders, scientific experts and health managers. They gave advice on e.g. adequacy of the research to the needs of Africa and India, dissemination and use of project results, ethical issues, translation of research results in policy-relevant strategies. The PABs met at the beginning of the project and yearly thereafter.