Tools that facilitate the translation of research findings into policy and practice.

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Step-by step to identify, assess, and use evidence for program design - International Rescue Committee (PPP of IRC)

HEART – Health & Education Advice & Resource Team- synthesizing relevant evidence

Successful Communication Toolkit for Civil Society Organizations - (ODI RAPID Program)

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie impact) – Database of policy briefs and systematic reviews


Tools that facilitate the translation of research findings into policy and practice focus on:

Dissemination of research findings so that they can have an impact on policy and practice. Examples are to write a scientific paper and to submit it for publication at a peer-reviewed journal, to attend relevant conferences and submit abstracts of study findings as well as to write concise and “user friendly” briefs on the evidence gathered. Tools include:

  • Guidelines on how to write a scientific paper
  • Tips on how to submit a paper to a scientific journal
  • Tips for abstract writing for submission at national and international conferences
  • Tips to write effective briefs on research outcomes
  • Communicating Research

Access to existing research findings Several initiatives exist that gather and summarize existing evidence collected in the area of health.

Guidelines and check lists for research uptake including knowledge management, building of networks, linkages and communities of practice, working with knowledge brokers.

Tools to monitor and evaluate the uptake of research such as developed by “Research To Action” or using the concept of “Theory of Change” or tools like episode / tracer studies.