Failure to translate research findings into policy and practice prevents research from achieving maximum public health benefit. Despite substantial investment in clinical research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the exploitation and use of research results beyond academia is often limited.
Limited opportunities for engagement between researchers and policy-makers, lack of experience in exploiting research results beyond academia, and structural and cultural differences between research and policy-making are some of the barriers to an efficient uptake of research results.
Health managers and policy-makers can also face challenges in dealing with a large volume of research evidence and difficulties in adapting evidence from systematic reviews to make it locally relevant.
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), The Global Health Network and the four EDCTP-funded Networks of Excellence (NoEs); EACCR, CANTAM, TESA and WANETAM, are building a new ‘Translating Research into Policy’ Toolkit to sit within the EDCTP Knowledge Hub.
The vision is to grow a community of practice made up of researchers in low-and middle-income countries and develop up-to-date resource areas, eLearning courses, online interactive tools etc., to serve as an active and intuitive, open-access, ‘one-stop shop’ for guidance and practical tools and resources to support health researchers or policy-makers translate findings into policy.
Register your interest in helping sculpt this new toolkit by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org