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In a previous blog on this website, David Roger Walugembe explained the meaning and importance of community engagement in undertaking public health research and interventions.  This article sheds more light on some dynamics entailed in the process of community engagement, based on CoHeRe’s experience in Luwero Uganda. As part of CoHeRe’s action research in Luwero which focuses on strengthening community health resources, we have...

People have often blamed poor utilization of services or should I say less than optimum utilization of services on health worker attitudes. This is true especially for maternal health services indeed some women have opted to give birth at home rather than face the wrath of health workers. It makes you wish that having a good attitude was something you could purchase and give to a health worker. As we all know it is not that easy. Some of us blame them for having a poor attitude, while some of us are more empathic and understand their situation.

There is a saying that “do not blame...

  In the previous blog I discussed principles that are useful in generating a collaborative enterprise to solve wicked problems at a system-wide scale. Wicked problems require collaboration across interdependent healthcare organizations.  One of the challenges in translating evidence especially from research about health policy and systems is the multitude of organizations required to play different but complementary roles for system-wide outcomes such as universal health coverage and similar policies.     Dealing with many organizations is not the main problem, but the fact that these...

What does it take to influence change at a system-wide scale? How can a collaborative enterprise be generated across interdependent healthcare organizations?

Research teams across Africa are concerned about the role of research in influencing health systems strengthening and performance goals. Research investments have been channeled into reforms and pilots such as social health insurance, performance-based financing and community health programs with a goal to influence system-wide goals such as universal health coverage, improved child survival and maternal health outcomes. As the...

Dear reader, thank you so much for being part of the KTNET sharing platform.  We are indeed privileged to have you contribute to the discussions as we strive to maximize the impact of research evidence. For a long time now, we have focused our blogs on KT and communication and some posts have stimulated interesting discussions and ideas.

Our last posts during the month of September focused on understanding the complexity of the policy making process and the challenges associated with translating ‘KT’ to the local language. In...

Well defined by the Canadians1, Knowledge Translation (KT) is practiced everywhere in the world, or should be practiced everywhere in the world. There should be words in every language in the world to describe KT. The French speaking Canadians propose a French Translation. How do you talk about KT in your native language?

In French, two words; ‘connaissance’ and ‘savoir’ are used to describe knowledge. However, we know that when we talk about KT, we refer to the scientific knowledge produced by research, also called evidence or research findings. This is not the most difficult part...

To pragmatism, good science is good conversation, not talking to ourselves but carefully listening to others...Zhichang Zhu

In the past, the policy making process was viewed as a linear process in which rational decisions were taken by those with authority and responsibility for a particular policy area (IDS, 2006). Most traditional approaches view policy making as involving a number of stages that lead to a decision. Policy implementation is then viewed as a separate activity that begins once policy decisions have been made and should automatically lead to the resolution of the...

For the month of August, our bloggers shared with us posts focusing on knowledge translation and communication. In his blog about community engagement, David took us through the importance of collaborating with communities. He emphasized that as researchers, collaborating with communities can be an opportunity to ensure that our research influences policy and programs.

Building on community collaboration, Angela pointed out the benefits of giving feedback to...

Is it true that researchers tend to focus their dissemination efforts on policy makers, donors and fellow researchers? If it is true, then to what extent do researchers provide feedback to the communities where they conduct the research? Does it matter anyway?    Whereas dissemination of research results to study participants and the general public is an ethical obligation and a fundamental knowledge translation aspect, most dissemination efforts often do not go beyond scientific publications! Study participants and the general public-the people whom research aims to affect hardly access or...

One of the most efficient and effective ways to disseminate information, particularly to the media and other organizations is through a press release. However, attempting to discuss what makes a good press release requires that we define, justify the need and describe the qualities of a good press release.

Definition and purpose of a press release

Simply put, a press release is a brief written summary or update alerting the media about an organization’s/project’s news and activities. The main purpose of a press release is to provide information to the media with an objective...

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