Special sessions

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Special Sessions are symposia taking place within the Global Evidence Summit programme that do not fit the workshop or abstract criteria. These sessions will use stakeholder engagement to share new concepts relevant to the Summit themes, use that further the event goals, foster interaction, and the development of partnerships with external organizations.

Dates and times of the special sessions will be announced when the full schedule and sign-up is launched on the 18 August 2017.

More details about each special session will be added soon.


Threaded special sessions

Threaded special sessions will continue the key topic and discussions from the related planary.

Plenary 1: EVIDENCE FOR AFRICA: How evidence is changing communities across one continent 

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

Engaging stakeholders in evidence-based decision making

This session will demonstrate initiatives and networks for health policies across low- and middle-income countries.

Plenary 2: BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS: Digital and trustworthy evidence ecosystem

Session 4

From evidence production to synthesis

Session 5

From evidence synthesis to dissemination point of care

Session 6

Implementation, improved care, and back again

Plenary 3: EVIDENCE FOR EMERGING CRISES: How international collaboration and innovation can solve global humanitarian crises, such as Ebola

Session 7

Evidence Aid on humanitarian crises

Session 8

Refugee crisis in health and society 

Session 9

Global warming

Plenary 4: EVIDENCE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD: The evidence, ethos and pathos. How scientists can engage, and influence the public, press and politicians 

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.

Session 11

Telling good stories: A workshop in the art of persuasion

Session 12

Post truth world in health: engaging stakeholders to use evidence to inform decisions


Invited special sessions

These special sessions have been coordinated by the Scientific Committee.

 Global evidence, local needs: Lessons from practical philosophy about using different knowledge
World Health Organization systematic reviews of complex interventions 
Diverse data (Big data, evidence synthesis, and personalized medicine)
Living systematic reviews and recommendations 
Involving people in society and health care
Increasing value and reducing waste in research - towards an evidence-based research approach
Shared decision-making, EBM, and guidelines - "Guidelines meet shared decision making. Happy ever after?"
Rapid reviews to strengthen health policy and systems 
Implementation and translation frameworks in low- and middle-income countries, international collaboration 
Rapid needs appraisal to inform outbreak response research 
What can evidence-based education and health care learn from each other?
Evidence-based education 
Global funding for evidence and research
Scientific journals and evidence: What does the future hold?
Evidence and gap maps

Accepted special sessions

These sessions were submitted as abstracts and accepted by Scientific Committee.

Overcoming barriers to implementing an evidence-based approach in the humanitarian sector
Research synthesis priorities and guideline development: linking evidence synthesis production to evidence needs
Impact and evaluation of research: research funders perspectives
Rigorous and relevant systematic reviews: lessons learned from mixed methods approaches in international development 
A panoramic view of rapid reviews – uses and perspectives from global collaborations and networks 
Mapping the evidence: different approaches to evidence mapping across disciplines
Addressing the global health workforce shortfall by 2030– the need for intersectoral research evidence
Evidence synthesis for health policy and systems: approaches, challenges, and stakeholder engagement
Global ageing – defining the evidence agenda. Towards 2020, the WHO decade of Healthy Ageing: a Cochrane – Campbell response 
How can the impacts of dissemination bias in qualitative research be detected in the context of qualitative evidence syntheses? Identifying new approaches 
Introducing Cochrane Global Mental Health – improving the impact of Cochrane Mental Health in low- and middle-income countries.
New approaches to enhance evidence use through continued technical support and collaboration with policy makers and senior officials