EVIPNet Europe: to bridge the research–policy gap (2015)




To sustainably improve health and reduce inequities worldwide, well-performing health systems offering effective and efficient medical services informed by the best-available evidence are required. Despite investments in health research, an imbalance re-mains between what is scientifically known and what is done.
Since the early 1990s, the need to bridge the research–policy divide has increasingly gained international attention – in particular in resource-poor settings. Pioneering the evidence-informed policy (EIP) agenda, the World Health Organization (WHO), in response to the 58th World Health Assembly resolution in 2005, launched the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet), a new initiative to promote the systematic use of health research evidence in policy-making.