The Global Evidence Summit is an inter-sectoral and multi-disciplinary event exchanging ideas about how we best generate, summarize and communicate evidence to inform and change policy and practice worldwide.
The five plenary sessions will feature regional and international speakers addressing key issues that will highlight and promote evidence-based approaches to target resources to what works. We anticipate input from a multitude of perspectives including education, social and criminal justice, environment, gender health, health systems and clinical care and practice.
Following each plenary, there will be a number of special sessions that match the plenary theme. These sessions will continue discussions and the exchange of ideas.
Wednesday 13 September, 9-10.30am
The objectives of this plenary are to understand how the African continent deals with evidence from policy to practice, through examples and overview of networks and activities.
Patrick Mbah Okwen:
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Session 1: Evidence for social and economic policy
This session will share African experiences of different channels through which different types of evidence are being used for better social and economic policies and practice.
Session 2: Evidence to action: Start with the action
This session considers examples of how the Effective Health Care Consortium have tried to do this, and lessons learnt from these attempts.
Session 3: Evidence-informed policy making within and beyond health: lessons learnt from initiatives using different forms of engagement
This session will demonstrate initiatives and networks for health policies across low- and middle-income countries.
Thursday 14 September, 9-10.30am
This plenary will set out to understand how explicit links between actors are needed - and now possible - to close the loop between new evidence and improved care, through a culture for sharing evidence combined with advances in methods and technology/platforms for digitally structured data.
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Session 4: The inefficiency of isolation: Why evidence providers and evidence synthesisers can break out of their silos
This session will outline the problems of poor primary research and inefficient evidence synthesis, what is being done to address this and how interactions between primary research and evidence synthesis can contribute to an evidence ecosystem.
How the best available evidence makes its way through the Evidence Ecosystem until it is ready for end-users.
This session closes the loop of evidence implementation at the point of care by using patient data to identify specific needs of care, measuring outcomes of delivered care, and iterating this process to continuously collect new evidence and learn what works best.
Friday 15 September, 9-10.30am
This plenary explores how evidence generated through international collaboration and innovations can solve emergent global crises and what is needed to prepare for future epidemics, using Ebola as an example.
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Session 7: Evidence matters: examples of evidence-based decision making in humanitarian emergencies and how it can be improved
Using storytelling to describe the use of evidence-based decision making in the humanitarian context, explain why some interventions are used despite a lack of evidence and discuss how evidence is interpreted differently in different contexts. The session will also consider how evidence-based decision making can be improved in the humanitarian sector.
Session 8: Refugee crisis in health and society
Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 Syrian refugees, and is the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide. Dr. Elie Akl, chair of the session, will start with a description of the protracted Syrian crisis. This will be followed by three presentations to provide illustrative examples about the interventions used in Lebanon to address different aspects of the crisis. Audience discussion will take place after each presentation.
Session 9: Climate change in focus: Incorporating evidence synthesis methodology into environmental decision-making
A practical session featuring two presentations and group discussions about understanding how evidence synthesis methods can benefit climate change research, and coming up with ideas about how evidence synthesis methods can contribute to anticipating and addressing policy needs related to climate change.
Saturday 16 September, 9-10.30am
The ‘post-truth world’ has been defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016). The rise of ‘post-truth’ requires us to go beyond the question of how robust the evidence is and how persuasive it is. Notwithstanding the need for robust evidence, what else can scientists do (and with whom do we need to collaborate) to engage and influence public, press and politicians at a time when our own credibility in their eyes is low and falling? This session will include an academic overview of argumentation theories that have drawn and built on Aristotle’s early work, as well as presentations from a science journalist working in controversial fields and the editor of the African continent's first independent fact-checking organisation.
Anim van Wyk:
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Session 10: Separating fact from fiction – enhancing critical thinking to equip the next generation for the post truth society
To showcase teaching and learning approaches to prepare the next generation to function in a post-truth society – to make decisions informed by best evidence and not based on beliefs and practices of some.
To explore how the principles of rhetoric and persuasion introduced in the plenary ‘Evidence in a Post Truth World’can be applied to specific cases
Session 12: Access to research results for decision-makingWhat steps can be taken by stakeholders in different areas to enforce universal clinical trial registration and timely public disclosure of methods and results? Can clinical trial transparency and accountability frameworks be extended into pre-clinical research and post-licensure implementation research? How can the value of registries be maximised for evidence assessment processes?
Saturday 16 September, 4-5.30pm
This plenary describes how evidence plays a role in achieving a more equitable world.
Gonzalo Hernández Licona: