Integrating research findings into policies and practice for health has huge benefits:
it improves people’s health
it maximises investment in research through increased impact
and, in the longer term, means research is more likely to be in response to local needs and priorities.
Research uptake includes all the activities that help and contribute to the use of research evidence. The uptake may be by policy makers, organisations implementing heathcare interventions, healthcare practitioners or the public.
The path from research to policy and practice is rarely straightforward. Successful research uptake takes time and requires mutual understanding and shared motivations among everyone involved. It also needs financial resources, which are often scarce, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
Our vision is of a global environment that is fair and sustainable and enables people to work together to speed up the impact of research on health.
We are working towards this by:
identifying the support necessary for research uptake, particularly in low- and middle- income countries, and then embedding this support into the way we fund
partnering with other funders, expert networks, research and policy communities to support a culture of research evidence use in low- and middle-income countries
supporting researchers and policymakers to work more closely together to agree research objectives in response to local and regional health priorities.
What we're doing
Policy engagement workshops
Embedding a culture of research use into policy and practice is a complex, long-term endeavour. Policy engagement is less effective, and less sustainable, if left to individuals. It has a greater chance of success if it is underpinned by networks that share knowledge, skills and support.
We have been working with partners and staff at our Africa and Asia Programmes to provide a platform for knowledge exchange between people and organisations with diverse experience.
Our inaugural policy engagement gathering was held in London in June 2018.