HINARI and Evidence-Informed Policy Network introduced in Armenia
On 27–30 April 2015, the second joint HINARI-Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe workshop was conducted in Yerevan, Armenia. 25 participants, a mix of information and health care professionals from Yerevan universities, research institutions and hospitals, attended the three-day workshop on the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, a WHO initiative providing free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions.
Institutions need to register for access to HINARI. In Armenia, 3 institutions were already registered and, during a specific module on marketing, the group discussed different ways of showing value and return on investment of HINARI and its sister programmes to the institutions' leading researchers and chief physicians.
This was followed by a one-day workshop on EVIPNet Europe attracting 17 participants including researchers, physicians and librarians. EVIPNet Europe promotes the systematic and transparent use of health research evidence in policy-making.
The objectives of the EVIPNet Europe workshop were to:
- raise awareness and commitment of participants on evidence-informed policy-making (EIP)
- learn from the EVIPNet Europe pilot countries
- generate interest in joining the Network as an EVIPNet Europe member country.
The workshop was facilitated, in Russian, by Ms Marcela Tirdea, EVIPNet Europe's national champion from the Republic of Moldova. The success of the workshop is attributed to Ms Tirdea's effective application of her expertise on EIP and facilitation skills acquired during EVIPNet Europe's training-the-trainers workshop in Bled, Slovenia in October 2014.
Ripple effect: an extended awareness-building effort
This workshop marks an important first step towards building an awareness and interests for EVIPNet Europe in Armenia. To further establish commitment from policy-makers, the key EIP stakeholders, the Country Office plans to hold a similar EVIPNet Europe workshop with the Ministry of Health in the near future.