EVIPNet Europe multicountry meeting brings rich exchange of real-life practices

WHO

The 4th Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) mulitcountry meeting was opened by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Moldova, Ruxanda Glavan, in Chisinau on 15–16 June 2016. The Minister emphasized the importance of initiatives such as EVIPNet Europe in reaching the Health 2020 targets, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants included Network members from 19 countries across eastern Europe and central Asia. The meeting built on EVIPNet Europe’s ongoing work towards developing national capacity in evidence-informed policy-making.

The meeting led to a rich exchange of real-life practices and lessons learned as seasoned EVIPNet Europe countries interacted with new members; experts in knowledge translation in theory and practice; and members of EVIPNet both in Europe and globally.

The meeting covered topics such as:

  • strengthening network-wide commitment;
  • fostering good communication and collaboration;
  • increasing knowledge of country teams (so-called knowledge translation platforms) activities in terms of in operationalizing, communicating, monitoring and evaluating; and
  • improving understanding of situation analyses, evidence briefs for policy and policy dialogues.

All of the above were complemented by implementation advice from advanced EVIPNet Europe countries and the WHO Secretariat.

Marcela Ţîrdea, EVIPNet Europe national champion and Head of the Division of Policies Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Moldova, summed up her experience of the workshops saying, “During the meeting, national champions of EVIPNet Europe pilot countries co-facilitated workshop sessions, which helped give new EVIPNet members more confidence and insight, e.g. into how to conduct a country situation analysis on evidence to inform policy. I also appreciated the fact that this meeting built on the topics presented and discussed during the previous meetings.”

Next steps

As a next step, countries will turn their attention to national EVIPNet activities. In the case of new countries this is likely to entail conducting country situation analyses, whereas for experienced countries this could be finalizing evidence briefs for policy. All participants will develop workplans and concrete strategies for advancing evidence-informed policy-making and establishing EVIPNet Europe country teams.

About EVIPNet

EVIPNet Europe aims to increase country capacity in developing health policies informed by the best available research evidence. The first EVIPNet Europe multicountry meeting took place in Turkey (2013), the second in Slovenia (2014) and the third in Lithuania (2015).