Enhancing evidence-informed health decision-making in Europe, Meeting Report (2016)
Reflecting the increasing demand and momentum for legitimate tools and processes to strengthen evidence-informed policy-making (EIP), the WHO Regional Office for Europe, together with Health Services Research Europe (HSR Europe) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Sections on Health Services Research and Public Health Practice and Policy, organized a preconference event on EIP at the 8th European Public Health Conference on 14–15 October 2015. The event brought together a variety of key stakeholders for EIP across Europe to reflect on the accelerated roadmap developed by the WHO Regional Office for Europe to enhance EIP in the WHO European Region (referred to here as the EIP roadmap) and debate on means for EIP development. Proposed by the European Advisory Committee on Health Research and requested by the Member States in December 2014, the EIP roadmap is an initiative aimed at coordinating and enhancing overall capacity for EIP in the WHO European Region. Building on the EIP roadmap, an Action Plan and Resolution on enhancing EIP in the WHO European Region are under preparation.
Some useful tools for EIP from the perspective of coproduction are proposed through the Evidence-informed Policy Network in Europe (EVIPNet Europe). EVIPNet Europe's methodologies include situational analyses and stakeholder consultations as key for developing buy-in for EIP. EVIPNet emphasizes that creating contacts between different stakeholders is as important as written evidence briefs for policy. In order to coordinate the utilization of these tools, EVIPNet supports the establishment of country teams, also known as knowledge translation platforms (KTPs), that are intended to function as national advisory bodies applying innovative knowledge translation (KT) tools and fostering engagement of diverse stakeholders (e.g. researchers, policy-makers, civil society) in health policy-making. EVIPNet and other WHO Regional Office for Europe initiatives supporting EIP (e.g. the European Health Information Initiative and the Health Evidence Network) are all key for the implementation of the European Health 2020 policy framework.