Building a network for evidence-informed policy in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Recognizing the need for systematic use of health research evidence in the country, a workshop to launch the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe process in the country was held in Skopje on 16 November 2015. The workshop was organized jointly by the WHO Country Office and the Ministry of Health. It aimed to bring the concept of EVIPNet Europe closer to selected national health stakeholders and policy-makers, as well as to provide practical experience in effective policy writing.
The launch of EVIPNet Europe resulted in an initial assessment of context for mapping and identifying priorities for health and well-being, and their importance for the country. During the workshop, participants compiled a list of institutions with which the future country team could be directly or indirectly engaged and collaborate.
The main challenges include using existing evidence and gathering new evidence for policy- and decision-making; this is also seen as an opportunity that could be implemented through EVIPnet Europe, and used for better health and decision-making. The country will develop a short concept note outlining the support it needs from EVIPNet Europe.