Evidence-informed policy-making

Evidence to inform policy-makers can be sought in different ways, depending on several factors, including: the timeframe in which the researcher has to operate (how quickly a policy-maker requires a response), the resources available and the type of evidence required (for example, global or local). The nature of the query or policy-maker’s request dictates the type of evidence and how it is made available. If no evidence is found, the alternative measures available may require consideration.

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Health Evidence Network (HEN)

Recognizing that public health, health care and health systems policy-makers need access to timely, independent and reliable health information for decision-making, WHO/Europe started HEN in 2003. It acts as a platform, providing evidence in multiple formats to help decision-making.

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Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet)

Launched in the WHO European Region in October 2012, EVIPNet is a global WHO initiative that promotes the systematic use of health-research evidence in policy-making. It is present in all WHO regions and is coordinated at both the regional and global levels.

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