The World Health Assembly in 2005 urged Member States to establish or strengthen knowledge transfer mechanisms to support evidence-informed health policies and health care delivery. The European Health Information Initiative was set up to strengthen the use of evidence, information and research for policy-making in the WHO European Region. While good-quality health information is a key component for decision-making, it needs to be packaged and communicated in an effective way to policy-makers, the end-users. This report describes tools and mechanisms that can help to increase the use of health information in policy development. Packaging tools include synthesis methods, such as policy briefs, and visualization methods. Application tools include surveillance data and modelling/simulation to explore the behaviour and performance of processes and interventions. Dissemination and communication tools include health information-sharing platforms, newsletters and person-to-person communications. Finally, linkage and exchange tools such as knowledge networks facilitate the dissemination and refining of health information, thus increasing the chance of its translation into policy.
The impact of collaboration: the value of UK medical research to EU science and health
The UK has a strong medical research community; the country’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) can therefore be expected to have implications not only for the UK, but also for EU science and health. To better understand the UK’s contribution to medical research and patient health in the EU, a new study was commissioned…View report
Mid-term evaluation of the second Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC2)
Technopolis recently completed its evaluation of the Global Health and Vaccination (GLOBVAC) research programme for the Research Council of Norway. Each year, the GLOBVAC research programme awards approximately €13 million in funding to research seeking to improve health for poor people in low and lower-middle income countries. The largest contributor is the Norwegian Agency for Development…View report
Evaluative study on the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive
In 2011, the Cross-border Healthcare Directive introduced a general framework to clarify patients’ rights with regard to accessing cross-border healthcare provision; guarantee the safety, quality and efficiency of care that they will receive in another EU Member State; and promote cooperation between Member States on healthcare matters. Member States had to pass their national laws…View report