1st EVIPNet Europe multicountry workshop on developing evidence briefs for policy in central Asia

29 June–2 July 2015, Astana, Kazakhstan

An evidence brief for policy (EBP) is a key tool of the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe to ensure that the best available evidence is systematically and transparently used in the development of health policies. EBPs are based on a systematic search and appraisal of the global, regional and local evidence to understand what is known about a specific high-priority health policy issue and which policy options effectively address the issue.

EVIPNet Europe is organizing the 1st skill-building workshop on the development of EBPs for the Russian-speaking EVIPNet Europe pilot countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The EBP workshop is a key pilot phase activity with the following objectives:

  • enhance participants' skills in acquiring, assessing, adapting and applying research evidence;
  • provide the fundamentals of how to prepare EBPs; and
  • raise participants' awareness about tools and resources available to EVIPNet teams to find, assess and apply the findings of systematic reviews about health systems.

The workshop will result in a clear description of a problem on a country-specific priority health issue, as well as a draft outline of an EBP for each country. The participants will include researchers, high-level decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders in the 3 central Asian countries. The workshop will be led by Tomas Pantoja from the resource group for EVIPNet Americas. It will be co-facilitated by 2 EVIPNet Europe national champions, Vitaliy Koikov, Republican Centre for Health Development in Kazakhstan, and Mircha Poldrugovac, National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia, who have both been trained in EVIPNet Europe's train-the-trainers workshop in Bled, Slovenia in October 2014.