Knowledge for Change: From Research to Reality

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Looking at how health research impacts health programming and policy-making in international development, the African Medical and Research Foundation hosted a discussion highlighting some of the …

Looking at how health research impacts health programming and policy-making in international development, the African Medical and Research Foundation hosted a discussion highlighting some of the themes laid out in this slideshow.

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  • 1. KNOWLEDGE FOR CHANGEFrom Research to Realitypresented byAMREF’S Coffeehouse Speaker Series onglobal developmentfeaturingDr. Olagoke AkintolaAndDr. Beryl Pilkington
  • 2. Quotable“…knowledge translation is defined by the Canadian Institutesof Health Research as a dynamic and iterative process thatincludes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethicallysound application of knowledge to improve health, providemore effective health services and products, and strengthenthe health care system…(it is) a move beyond the simpledissemination of knowledge into actual use of knowledge.”-Sharon E. Straus, Jacqueline Tetroe, and Ian Graham,in “Defining knowledge translation”Source:
  • 3. Did you know?The major research activities to be undertaken by AMREF between 2012 and2017 include:1. Strengthening institutional capacity and developing a culture of research withinAMREF2. Generating scientific knowledge through AMREF research programmes3. Documenting and sharing of results and lessons learnt through AMREFpublications and peer-reviewed journals4. Engaging with stakeholders to ensure evidence-based advocacy and influence ofpolicy and practice5. Identifying and developing working partnerships with collaborating researchinstitutions and networks.Source: AMREF Research Strategy 2012-2017
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  • 5. Did you know?The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) is aCanada-based global network committed to the use of research asa critical tool for reducing global health inequities. CCGHRmembers include global health researchers, people activelyengaged in applying research to improve globalhealth, universities, organizations interested in funding healthresearch, and members of the general public who share our visionand goals.
  • 6. QuotableSource: Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research“We understand “global health research” to mean theproduction, synthesis and use of knowledge thatprioritizes equity and improved well-being for all peopleworldwide. This includes trans-national health issues andmulti-disciplinary collaboration. Global health researchinforms policy at the local, national and global levels toimprove programs, practices and health behaviour”- Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
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  • 8. Did you know?In December 2010, McMaster University’s “McMaster Health Forum”was designated as the World Health Organization’s CollaboratingCentre for Evidence-Informed Policy. The McMaster Health Forumtakes research evidence and identifies the relevant stakeholders whocan use this evidence to inform change. One of many suchknowledge translation hubs in Canada, “The Forum acts as an agentof change by empowering stakeholders to set agendas, take well-considered actions and communicate the rationale for actionseffectively.”Source:
  • 9. Have you heard ofthe ‘Know - Do’ Gap?Much knowledge about what could make adifference in health outcomes is available, butindividuals and institutions in developing countriesoften do not have access to this information, orlack the capacity to apply this knowledge.
  • 10. Using knowledge for change can be a struggle, as there areoften Limited Linkages between Researchers andPolicymakers. There are few incentives for individualresearchers to connect their knowledge with largerprocesses. Researchers often believe that their work isfinished when it is published. Similarly, policymakers (andNGOs) often do not seek out existing knowledge that may beof critical value to their policies.FragmentationSource: Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
  • 11. Did you know?Dr. Beryl Pilkington part of the “Research Impact” network that is“designed to connect university research with research users acrossCanada to ensure that research helps to inform decision-making.”Research Impact is partly hosted at York University, where Dr.Pilkington teaches and does research. The network provides researchsummaries in an easily searchable database, specific to subject andkeyword, while also providing resources on knowledge translationand mobilization. It can be visited at www.researchimpact.caSource:
  • 12. Did you know?The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research hasrecently launched an exciting new initiative aimed atencouraging better online sharing of knowledge betweenglobal health researchers and with our research partners(such as AMREF). Modern communications tools such asTwitter, Facebook, and blog platforms will be used toconnect researchers with knowledge users.Source: Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research