Call for abstracts and workshops – Qualitative Evidence Symposium 2019

21 March, 2019

Dear colleagues

What can we learn across sectors and settings about using qualitative evidence to humanise decision making and inform SDG policies? We invite researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders from across the world to submit abstracts and workshops for the first Symposium on using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era, to be held from 9 to 11 October 2019 in Brasilia.

We welcome abstract submissions from all sectors and that address or discuss innovative ways of using qualitative evidence to broaden and humanise decision making processes to achieve the SDGs. We also invite submissions that explore the tools and methods needed to support the use of qualitative evidence in policy and practice; and that focus on ways of strengthening capacity within and across sectors to produce and use qualitative evidence.

We invite you to also submit workshop proposals that showcase novel methods and approaches as well as workshops that are aim to strengthen the capacity of people new to this area of work. Workshops that debate project findings or key models and concepts are also welcome. Innovative, participatory workshop formats are encouraged.

Please submit your abstracts and workshops through the Symposium website:

The deadline for abstract submissions is 23.59 UTC, 30 April 2019.

With best wishes


On behalf of the Symposium organisers

CITATION: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services ( and the Medical Research Council of South Africa ( His work is mainly in the field of implementation research, including systematic reviews of health systems interventions; the development and evaluation of strategies for changing professional and user behaviours and the organization of care; and the use of lay or community health workers to deliver care. He is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs:

Email: simon.lewin AT