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Using systematic reviews to inform policymaking: the experience of Evidence-Informed Policy networks (EVIPNet) in the Americas

Topic category Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
Date and Location
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 14:00 - 15:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
None
Contact person
Contact person: 
Tomas Pantoja (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Tomas
Last name: 
Pantoja
Affiliation and Country: 
EPOC group/Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
First name: 
Gabriel
Last name: 
Rada
Affiliation and Country: 
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
First name: 
Blanca
Last name: 
Peñaloza
Affiliation and Country: 
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
First name: 
Marcelo
Last name: 
García-Dieguez
Affiliation and Country: 
Universidad Nacional del Sur – IIE Academia de Medicina, Argentina
First name: 
Edgardo
Last name: 
Abalos
Affiliation and Country: 
Centro Rosarino Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Evelina
Last name: 
Chapman
Affiliation and Country: 
PAHO/WHO EVIPNet Americas Secreta
First name: 
Luis Gabriel
Last name: 
Cuervo
Affiliation and Country: 
PAHO/WHO RPC
First name: 
Juan Manuel
Last name: 
Lozano
Affiliation and Country: 
Florida International University
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors, consumers and policymakers
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:to discuss how systematic reviews are currently used in policymaking processes and how their impact could be improved.

Description:The workshop will first give a brief overview of the EVIPNet Americas’ experience in incorporating research evidence – systematic reviews – in the policymaking processes of different countries in the Americas. Then it will move into an interactive session on issues particularly relevant to the way how reviews could be incorporated in those processes including: the relevance of the issues addressed by Cochrane reviews; the usefulness of plain language summaries for a policymaking audience; the use of review-derived products (e.g. structured summaries, policy briefs) in policymaking; how to build capacity among managers and policymakers to make systematic reviews more useful; how to make reviews more informative and relevant. Participants will be organized in small groups in order to focus the discussion in 1 or 2 of these issues with the help of a facilitator. Discussions will build initially on the experience of facilitators in the policymaking processes of different countries in the Americas but will be opened to participants’ experiences in other jurisdictions. The reflections of each group will then be discussed in a plenary with the large group.