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“One of the most important players that have come out these days is the media. The media people go and report that a health centre does not have drugs and this runs as the main headline. Because of the media having a voice that can easily incite people, what we usually do as ministry of Health is to go and verify. And sometimes when we go there we actually find that the problem exists. The media also is playing a very critical role in our policy making process so we also rely on it.” Those were the words of Ugandan Health ministry official at the start of this month. He was making a...

People who love the law or good sausage should never watch either being made… Bismarck

From my observation of the policy making process and my engagement here and there in promoting evidence use in policy making, this “gap” has been puzzlingly elusive. The “Gap” has been the subject of  several literary discussions. Some literature has debated the need to “bridge the gap”  while others talk of “minding the gap”.  Given the multiple  processes and players in the policy making process, this “gap" can be hard to define and even harder to find.

This is because in addition to...

The month of May saw Knowledge Translation Network Africa (KTNET-Africa) bloggers continue with our blog series that was kick-started in April. The May blogs included:

How to Professionally Influence Knowledge Translation by Kakaire Ayub Kirunda who through experience shared with us how making changes in the way they were communicating changed the fortunes of a maternal and newborn health research project.

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It has been argued that the use of evidence in policy making is not a new concept. What is new however, is the increased emphasis on the use of synthesized research evidence to inform the policy making process. I believe that you are already asking the following question!   Why the emphasis on using evidence from systematic reviews?   • Increased availability Previously, evidence from systematic reviews on several complex issues and questions encountered by both researchers and decision makers has been scarce. However, recent times have witnessed an increase in the availability of systematic...
“The whole life of policy is a chaos of purposes and accidents”.  There is often a misconception among some researchers that evidence is just one step in the sequence of policy making. That once policy makers are given the said evidence, it is only logical that the next step should be to incorporate it into policy and that’s it!   However, and frequently so, this does not happen. The reason for this is that the policy making process is much more complex than this. The policy process may go through the sequential stages from agenda setting through decision-making to implementation and...

About five years ago I joined a maternal health research project at Makerere University School of Public Health, as a communications officer. The study project aimed at increasing hospital deliveries in three eastern Uganda districts. I joined towards the end of the project, at a time when most of the communication activities had been planned.

I worked on a couple of products like research briefs, oversaw the production of short films, and wrote some newspaper articles among others, all meant for the non academic audience. Similarly, the scientists on the team published in academic...

Effective April 2014, the Knowledge Translation Network Africa (KTNET-Africa) launched a series of blog articles.  The maiden series of our blog articles included:

Knowledge Translation (KT): What is it? What isn’t it? By Dr. Suzanne Kiwanuka Why you should know your stakeholders. By Kakaire Ayub Kirunda...

Knowledge translation popularly abbreviated as “KT” goes by many names. Among these are; knowledge sharing, knowledge management, knowledge transfer, knowledge utilization and most recently K* (star) which is an umbrella term to encompass all these terms and processes.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defined KT as “the exchange, synthesis and ethically-sound application of knowledge— within a complex system of...

Health care practitioners and managers often report difficulty in keeping up with new health care research and may lack the skills to use research evidence in their workplace. Researchers often report constrained time and opportunity to exchange ideas with those who can benefit from their work. As a result, researchers perceive that there is currently a gap between what is known and what is done also known as the “Know-Do” gap. Bridging this gap in use of research evidence requires that both researchers within the healthcare sector, policy makers, funding agencies, and...

We might be very familiar to the word blog and with blogging as it is. Blogging is what we can term as internet journalism. We have to be highly mindful of the content we share on the internet. As we develop our blog page and our personal blogging skills let us all take note of the following guidelines to help us become efficient.     Let us be critical and thought provoking, but not malicious or degrading.  We will delete any comments that are profane, malicious, degrading, pornographic in nature, or unnecessarily hurtful. Let us not have personal attacks, hate speech, or threats toward...

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