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Workshop CKF16: Deliberative dialogues as a tool for knowledge mobilization

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This presentation on deliberative workshops as knowledge transfer tools was carried out by Christian Dagenais for a workshop being held as part of the Canadian Forum 2016. The presentation summarizess the reflections of the three researchers from the holding several deliberative workshops as part of a research project on health equity in Burkina Faso.

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Workshop CKF16: Deliberative dialogues as a tool for knowledge mobilization

  1. 1. DELIBERATIVE DIALOGUES AS A TOOL FOR KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZ ATION R E F L E C T I O N S F R O M O U R E X P E R I E N C E I N A F R I C A CHRISTIAN DAGENAIS, Ph.D ESTHER MC SWEEN-CADIEUX Ph.D (cand.) & VALÉRY RIDDE, Ph.D KM FORUM, TORONTO, 28 06 2016
  2. 2. « T h e d e l i b e r a t i v e d i a l o g u e s a r e u s e d t o e x a m i n e r e s e a r c h d a t a i n p a r a l l e l w i t h t h e p e r s p e c t i v e s , e x p e r i e n c e s a n d t a c i t k n o w l e d g e o f t h o s e i n v o l v e d i n m a k i n g d e c i s i o n s o n a h i g h p r i o r i t y t o p i c , o r t h a t a r e a f f e c t e d b y s u c h d e c i s i o n s . » - L A V I S , B O Y K O , O X M A N , L E W I N ( 2 0 0 9 )
  3. 3. The ultimate goal of deliberative dialogue according to all definitions is, To inform policy Policy dialogue should be seen as an integrated part of the policy-making process
  4. 4. CONSULTATION ON HEALTH EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH • More than a hundred representatives from 23 countries attended the francophone consultation • The two-day consultation was structured around five themes included in the scope of the United Nations Secretary- General’s High Level Commission • Participants had to identify key messages across the spectrum of these themes to transmit to the Commission
  5. 5. Lessons learned from our experiences What works & What needs to be improved to promote the use of knowledge?
  6. 6. KAYA’S WORKSHOPC O N T R O L L I N G M A L A R I A I N B U R K I N A F A S O
  7. 7. KAYA’S WORKSHOP • Research program on malaria in the Kaya region • Objective of the workshop: Sharing implementation challenges and see how interventions can take into account these results to improve • Format: 2 days. 16 presentations by researchers on different components of the research program. • Policy briefs (10) distributed to participants at the workshop. • Participants: 40 people (DRS, NGOs, health workers, CSOs)
  8. 8. WORKSHOP IMPACT • Research confirmed their own beliefs or field observations • Acquisition of new knowledge for all participants • No change for policy makers, but local actors have identified some changes in their practice • Intends to share the research results in district committees or meetings with health professionals ...
  9. 9. POSITIVE POINTS • Credibility of the results presented and high quality of the studies • Friendly context allowing exchanges and comments from participants • Bringing together several categories of stakeholders appreciated: researchers, NGOs, practitioners • Clarity of recommendations and proposed solutions to problems
  10. 10. NEGATIVE POINTS • Too many details on the scientific approaches and methods for the uninitiated • Language too specialized for the actors of the public administration, the general public and local health workers • Absence of senior decision makers perceived as a limit • Lack of concrete discussion on actions to be taken
  11. 11. Very limited impact of a traditional feedback workshop Need to develop the skills of researchers to share their knowledge to an audience beyond academic Strategic analysis of key players to involve in the process
  12. 12. OUAGADOUGOU’s WORKSHOPI MPROVING ROAD SAFETY I N BURKINA FASO
  13. 13. • Research program on road accidents injuries in the capital Ouagadougou (mapping of accident sites, care of the wounded …) • Workshop’s goal: involve stakeholders in order to propose an action plan and recommandations for road safety improvement • Format: 1 day, 5 presentations by researchers; Policy briefs (3) distributed to participants • Participants: approximately 70 people (police departments, health professionals, CSO)
  14. 14. IMPROVED ASPECTS since Kaya’s workshop • Emphasis on the involvement of participants for developing an action plan during the workshop • Very few scientific presentations (without jargon) and more time granted for sub-group work (PM) • Policy briefs were distributed in advance and revised in order to make them accessible
  15. 15. • Preparing a policy brief that is distributed in advance • Provide a common ground to start a dialogue based on evidence ... A POLICY BRIEF SHALL BE USED TO PREPARE THE DIALOGUE
  16. 16. CONTENT OF A POLICY BRIEF -Description of the problem or issue under consideration -Proposal of different options to solve the problem according to the latest evidence -Identification of potential barriers to the implementation of these options and propose strategies to overcome these barriers -Recommendations for actions
  17. 17. GET EVERYONE'S COMMITMENT Focus on commitment to undertake concrete actions ... Set well-defined roles and responsibilities for each actor Propose a timetable for concrete actions Ensure that all commitments are described in detail (WHO DOES WHAT? AND WHEN?)
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  20. 20. PRELIMINARY RESULTS FROM THE EVALUATION • The workshop had many positive consequences: learning new knowledge about road safety, behavior awareness, creation of post-workshop collaborations and opportunities to learn from one another • Main obstacles mentionned : limited presence of political figures, lack of committment from participants for the action plan and difficulty to form a follow-up committee
  21. 21. IMPORTANCE OF THE DELIBERATIVE ASPECT • First time that all actors were sat together to discuss: creation of a desire to collaborate • Actors on the field want this type of event to reoccure: need to be trained and supported to pass knowledge to the community • To make this kind of event useful: need for a follow-up committee and involvement of local leaders for implementation of actions
  22. 22. Appreciation of the participatory aspect of the workshop
  23. 23. BURKINA FASO’S CONTEXT • Participants were not expecting to take decisions/having to commit for any kind of follow-up; regular research presentations usually being limited to presenting results • The majority of participants mention that restitutions are useless and that this deliberative process should be repeated
  24. 24. IF WE HAD TO START OVER… A knowledge broker would have been useful to conduct the follow-up committee and other needs Starting the discussions between groups of stakeholders (eg Police, CSO) before the workshop would help Improve the preparation and process of the plenary deliberations

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