Finding a home for the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) platform in Tajikistan
As a network of networks, the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe builds capacity in countries to promote the systematic use of research evidence in health policy development and implementation. It encourages the development of country-level teams (so-called Knowledge Translation Platforms) comprised of policy-makers, researchers and representatives of civil society, which plan and implement innovative strategies to foster research-policy linkages.
Implementation in Tajikistan
A pilot phase of the EVIPNet Europe was launched in Tajikistan in July 2014. As a first step, a national situation analysis is being conducted to understand the evidence-informed policy-making (EIP) landscape in Tajikistan and identify the institutional niche for the future Knowledge Translation Platform.
In this context, the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan arranged a half-day workshop for key national actors involved in the Evidence Informed Policy process on 30 September 2014.
The primary objective of the workshop was to understand the national landscape in terms of knowledge translation and knowledge brokering mechanisms. During the workshop, the following activities were undertaken:
- assessment of relationships between EIP actors;
- evaluation of information packaging and interactive knowledge mechanisms and
- assessment of country efforts towards EIP.
The workshop process was guided by the EVIPNet Europe Situation Analysis Manual and facilitated by a WHO national consultant and a specialist of the Health Policy Analysis Unit of the Ministry of Health. The workshop participants included 15 representatives of national policy-making and research institutions identified as major EIP actors in Tajikistan.