HOLD THE DATE: Symposium on using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era – 9-11 October 2019, Brasilia, Brazil

7 March, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues

Are you interested in qualitative research and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Are you working within health, education, social welfare, crime and justice, the environment, agriculture or other related sectors?

We invite researchers, policy makers, research commissioners and other stakeholders from across the world to attend the first Symposium on using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era, to be held on 9-11 October 2019 in Brasilia.


Multisectoral action is needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such action requires a deep and contextualised understanding of the needs, views and experiences of a wide range of stakeholders. It also requires an in-depth understanding of how policies impact on different groups and sectors, and on equity and social inclusion. Qualitative research can play a critical role in providing this type of evidence, and in ensuring the representation of diverse voices.

The Symposium

The Symposium is hosted by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. It will advance conversations and collaborations on innovative ways of using qualitative evidence to broaden and humanise decision and policy-making processes to achieve the SDGs. The Symposium will also explore the tools and methods needed to support the translation of qualitative evidence into policy and practice, and will examine ways of strengthening capacity in this area, particularly in the global South. Further information and key dates are available on the Symposium website: http://www.qesymposium.org

Who is invited?

As researchers and research commissioners, policy makers and other evidence users, and other stakeholders from across the world, we hope you will consider participating in this important gathering. The Symposium will provide opportunities to share with a multisectoral community your experiences and ideas on using qualitative evidence to support decision making. A wide range of organisations from across sectors are contributing to developing an exciting and innovative programme for the Symposium.

Help us identify Symposium themes!

You can get involved now by helping to identify themes that should be covered in the Symposium - please participate via the website link above. There, you can also indicate interest in participating in the 'Virtual Symposium' that will include a number of online activities such as plenary sessions webcasts and online group discussions.

Sent on behalf of the organisers: Fiocruz Brasilia and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health



HIFA profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (www.nokc.no) and the Medical Research Council of South Africa (www.mrc.ac.za). 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 nokc.no