The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) was launched to enhance capacity to undertake evidence syntheses and support their use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and is hosted by the Centre for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK) at the American University of Beirut. This workshop is in collaboration with the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the American University of Beirut. K2P is a WHO collaborating center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice.
To understand the role of systematic reviews in evidence-informed policy making;
To familiarise participants with commonly used Knowledge Translation (KT) strategies and tools to package research evidence and support its use in policy decision making;
To understand how to apply different KT products to promote evidence-informed policy making.
• Short interactive presentation on policy making and role of policy-relevant systematic reviews (10 minutes);
• Short interactive presentation on existing KT approaches, tools and platforms to promote use of evidence in policy making (10 minutes);
• Hands-on exercise on selected KT products (Evidence Briefs for Policy, Briefing Notes, Rapid Response Products, Support Summaries, and Media Bites) (60 minutes):
o Identifying the characteristics of selected KT products, how they differ from systematic reviews and from each other, and their applicability;
• Reflections and group discussions (10 minutes).