• Tanja Kuchenmuller
  • Olivia Biermann
  • alena Usava
  • Marcus Leys
International efforts to foster the use of research evidence in health policy-making and practice to improve the health of populations have expanded during the last two decades. Throughout the world, these efforts have increasingly been documented and evaluated to strengthen the evidence base on what works in relation to knowledge translation (KT). Eastern Europe and Central Asia, however, have remained marginalized from international KT support and studies. To fill the gap, the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe, a KT capacity building network, was launched in October 2012 to cover this region as part of the implementation platform of the European Health Information Initiative.

To define the enablers and barriers in local health systems to uptake knowledge translation in 13 selected countries

This study is explorative and inductive and grounded inuses a mixed method approach. The core data come from self-reported interpretations of people purposively selected to reflect on the local EIP situation within the framework of EVIPNet activities. The following methods were applied:
- a literature review on the evidence-informed policy-making (EIP) country contexts
- working group discussions on the national EIP contexts, held during the first EVIPNet Europe multicountry workshop during which the perceived facilitating and inhibiting factors of EIP at country-level were mapped
- a survey among EVIPNet Europe members on the organizational capacity to support EIP in their countries

The exploratory study showed that tThere is a dearth of scientific literature on factors affecting EIP in the WHO European Region, . This is in pparticularly the case for countries that are not part ofoutside the European Union. Countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, however, recognize the need to strengthen their KT efforts and EIP capacity. A range of contextual factors promoting KT were identified, such as free access to scientific literature or civil society engagement in policy. At the same time, numerous barriers were reported, including the lack of structural incentives or the weak interaction between policy-makers and researchers. In terms of capacity of organizations in EIP, these vary depending on the organizational culture, processes and skills.

This exploratory study provides first insights into factors influencing KT and EIP in Eastern European and Central Asian countries, calling for international initiatives such as EVIPNet to support local capacity through training, mentoring and sharing of international experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016
EventFourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research - Canada, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 14 Nov 201618 Nov 2016


ConferenceFourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
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  • knowledge translation

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