How to Advocate Scientific Evidence to Decision-makers?

Marleen Bekker (Editor), Viveka Guzman, Keitly Mensah

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Public health research aims to change the world, or at least contribute to the development of healthier and more equitable societies. However, the availability of health information does not inherently lead to its increased use in policy and decision-making. Significant gap remains between the knowledge of public health researchers and the actions taken by decision-makers. Various tools and mechanisms can help to increase the use of scientific evidence in policy development by making policymakers appreciate, understand and incorporate such scientific information into policy decisions. As part of this process, it is crucial that researchers and public health practitioners acquire the ability to translate their knowledge and become skilled on communicating the evidence effectively. To this aim, we will present firstly a WHO approach for that on the basis of EVIPNet Europe. Member countries have benefited of EVIPNet Europe’s capacity building efforts, its training workshops, coaching and mentoring schemes, leading to increased knowledge and skills in view of identifying, accessing, appraising, synthesizing and communicating the best available evidence. The presentation will focus on the ways to trigger tangible changes at policy and legislative levels. The second presentation will give more specific information about the process of real-life applications. Main question will be “How to advocate scientific evidence to decision-makers in the frame of evidence-informed policy-making?”. The presentation will help the participants to analyze to whom they are targeting, what their interests are and how to communicate scientific information to a decision-maker effectively. Last but not least, common challenges of evidence-informed policy-making process in health care and ways to tackle them will be presented. By doing so, special attention will be paid to the methodologies for joint fact-finding, responsive evaluation and citizen science. The workshop will engage participants interactively and leave time for answering their questions at the end.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019
EventEuropean Public Health Conference - Marseille, France
Duration: 20 Nov 201923 Nov 2019


ConferenceEuropean Public Health Conference


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