Communicating health research

15 September, 2022

Dear CHIFA colleagues,

I just wanted to let you know we are having an in-depth discussion about health research communication on our sister forum HIFA (general health).

I invite CHIFA members to share your experience around the five guiding questions:

1. What do we mean by 'Effective communication of health research to policymakers?' How do we measure it?

2. What are the different approaches to communicating research (eg academic journals, policy briefs, interaction with policymakers, press releases, social media, infographics, use of video)? What is your experience with these approaches? What works and what doesn't?

3. What is the role of researchers in research communication, beyond publication of their paper? What is the role of other stakeholders (eg communication professionals, editors, media, public health professionals and critical thinkers)

4. What are the needs and preferences of policymakers?

5. What can be done to better support researchers in the communication of health research?

We're especially interested to hear of examples where (child health) researchers have succeeded or failed to get the findings of their research into policy and practice. Please email your contributions to:

More info:

Many thanks, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA,