EVIPNet: putting evidence into policy


Participants at the launch of EVIPNet in Europe

WHO launched EVIPNet (the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network) in the European Region at a workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last week. EVIPNet promotes the systematic use of health research evidence in policy-making. It brings together stakeholders from many sectors to define policy questions, develop policy briefs and create ways to translate evidence into policy.

EVIPNet works by establishing formal links between researchers and policy-makers, and then building up country teams that include nongovernmental and civil-society organizations, thus combining local and on-the-ground experience with more robust and global evidence. Initially being rolled out in the central Asian republics, EVIPNet will organize a series of workshops, where participants will learn about the different ways to support evidence-informed health policy in their countries. Specifically, these workshops will:

  • raise participants’ awareness of the tools and resources available to support health policy-makers’ and stakeholders’ use of research evidence;
  • enhance skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence; and
  • identify what participants’ organizations can do to better support the use of research evidence in health system policy-making in the European Region.

The launch took place on 10 October 2012, as part of a regional workshop for the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health that was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Representatives of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were present for the launch, along with partner organizations, including the Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom; the United Nations Population Fund; and the United States Agency for International Development. In addition, the organizers of the event announced the appointment of Ms Tanja Kuchenmüller , of WHO headquarters, as the new focal point for EVIPNet work in the Region.

What EVIPNet is

EVIPNet is a WHO initiative that promotes the systematic use of health-research evidence in policy-making. Focusing on low- and middle-income countries, it facilitates the development of country-level teams (comprising policy-makers, researchers and representatives of civil society), which facilitate both policy development and implementation through the use of the best global and local scientific evidence available. These country-level teams are part of the broader EVIPNet, which is coordinated at both the regional and global levels and has a presence in all WHO regions.