A new HIFA project: Communicating health research to support evidence-informed policymaking

17 May, 2022

We are delighted to announce a new project sponsored by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at WHO. 

The project - Communicating health research to support evidence-informed policymaking - will support HIFA's 20,000 members to explore methods and issues around communicating health research evidence to support evidence-informed policymaking.

This builds on past work by HIFA nd TDR to support three previous discussions on the HIFA forums: 1. country-level policymaking, 2. implementation research, and 3. systematic reviews (see HIFA Evidence Informed Policy and Practice). 

What we shall do
We now turn our attention to the information needs of policymakers and how these needs can be more effectively met. This project will look at how research is packaged and communicated, including for example the role of policy briefs as well as videos, social media and newsletter content. 
HIFA will host a 4-week in-depth discussion on the HIFA forums from 27 June to 22 July 2022, supported by a working group of TDR staff and HIFA volunteers. There is currently funding for one thematic discussion, with potential for further work in the future.
 
Who can participate? 
We invite anyone with an interest in health to join these discussions. This includes health professionals, community health workers, members of civil society, policy makers, and people working in the field of research communication. 
 
How does it work?
HIFA members receive a daily compilation of messages from the previous 24 hours, sent by email to their personal inbox.
HIFA members contribute to the discussions by sending email to: hifa@hifaforums.org
All contributions are assessed and approved for distribution to HIFA's 20,000+ members worldwide
Contributions are synthesised and offered to the wider research and policymaking community.
 
How to join? 
If you are already a HIFA member, then you do not need to take action. The discussion will take place on the HIFA forum.
If you are not already a HIFA member, you can join here (free).

HIFA and TDR: Working together for a world where every policymaker has access to the information they need to protect the health of the people for whom they are responsible. 

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