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RESEARCH MATTERS: Translating research results into policy and practice

By communicating their research widely and linking it with policy and practices, researchers can promote sound knowledge translation and make their work matter. Ensuring that good science reaches people and leads to positive action, however, requires strategic action, creativity, and communication skills.

Over the last seven years, Research Matters (RM), a joint IDRC-Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation project, worked with developing-country researchers to help them make their research better known and used. RM provided them with technical and financial support so that their research results could reach a wider audience and inform change. The capacity-building support took many forms, from institutional support to assistance in preparing media projects and various types of training materials and workshops.
The Knowledge Translation Toolkit is a key RM result. Drawing from the experience of specialists around the world, the book provides a compilation of theories, tools, and strategies to enhance the capacity and motivation of researchers to translate knowledge and use it effectively. Consult the toolkit.
 
RM funded several media projects. For instance, a project with BBC World Service Trust developed a successful radio program on health issues in East Africa. The 41-issue Kimasomaso radio program covered issues from health facilities in slums to governance of health systems. By reaching out to over 4.5 million listeners, it led to a surge of interest in health policy issues among youth, researchers, and decision-makers.
 
Read more about the RM outputs below.

Document(s)

Research matters newsletter, July 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexual reproductive health facilities in informal settlements (service delivery and information), 4 July 2010

Establishing knowledge translation platforms : the Zambian experience

Knowledge translation training opportunities : global scoping study insights

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health governance in Kenya and Tanzania, 4 April 2010

Report to International Development Research Centre : Development of the Zambia Forum for Health Research

Uganda National Policy Dialogue for the Malaria - ACT Policy Brief : UNHRO Secretariat, Entebbe, Uganda, Thursday, 23rd April 2008; report of the meeting

Global scoping study on knowledge translation (KT) training opportunities : inventory of opportunities created by and for upper income countries (UICs)

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on pre-determining the sex of your baby, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, etc., 18 April 2010

Global scoping study on knowledge translation (KT) training opportunities : complete inventory of opportunities

Global scoping study on knowledge translation (KT) training opportunities : inventory of opportunities created for / with / by low and middle income countries (LMICs)

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; teenage sex, 14 March 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health facilities in slum areas, 28 February 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on combating HIV in Rwanda, etc., 7 March 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on HIV laws and policies in Tanzania, etc., 26 September 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; family planning services (medical products and information), 19 September 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexual and reproductive health policies in Tanzania (leadership and governance), 12 September 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexually transmitted infections (information), 3 October 2010

Fair on the air : EQUINET working with media on fair financing of health services in East and Southern Africa

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; maternal deaths, 21 March 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health governance in Tanzania, 11 April 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexual and reproductive health rights (governance and financing), 5 September 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on ARVs as a preventive measure against HIV, etc., 8 August 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; testing for HIV/AIDS (service delivery), 29 August 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; public health insurance in Kenya (service delivery and financing), 22 August 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; antiretrovirals and nutrition (leadership, governance and financing), 25 July 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; maternal health in Rwanda (governance, information and service delivery), 11 July 2010

ZAMFOHR (The Zambia Forum for Health Research) annual report - 2008 : strengthening the capacity to undertake and utilize research and evidence in health policy and practice

Tanzania : health sector rolls out "survival tools"

Inventory of knowledge translation and exchange : summary table and analysis

Research matters newsletter, December 2009

Bulletin research matters, décembre 2009

Bulletin research matters, juillet 2009

Research matters newsletter, July 2009

Research matters newsletter, December 2008

Bulletin research matters, décembre 2008

Research matters newsletter, June 2008

Bulletin research matters, juin 2008

Research matters newsletter, April 2007

Bulletin research matters, avril 2007

RealHealthNews : the magazine of real action and research, no. 10, November 2008

Contemporary KT tools : policy briefs and national policy dialogues

Workers on Wednesday : healthcare financing; the state of healthcare and the working class

Public healthcare financing

Health policy formulation process in Zambia : presented at the Zambia Forum For Health Research (ZAMFORH) Workshop held from 3rd - 4th June 2009 at Ibis Gardens

Promoting evidence-based decision making in health systems : establishing knowledge translation platform; presented at the WHO/TDR/TRG Conference on Implementation Research, Abuja, Nigeria, 4th - 8th May 2009

Bulletin research matters, mars 2006

Research matters newsletter, March 2006

National study to review existing policy documents and identification of upcoming priority national health policy issues in East African community partner states : Kenya country report

Priority health policy and system challenges (2008-2010)

Evidence-informed policy making in the United Republic of Tanzania : setting REACH-Policy Initiative priorities for 2008-2010; report

Knowledge translation : a "research matters" toolkit

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health governance in Kenya, 28 March 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; unprotected sex at the University of Nairobi - the sad reality, 25 April 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; maternal health services in East Africa, 27 June 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; combating malaria in East Africa and DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), 9 May 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; contraception, 6 June 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; mother-daughter communication on menstruation, 16 May 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on reproductive health and homophobia, 23 May 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; HIV and stigmatisation, 30 May 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health governance in Tanzania - challenges in public health policy, 20 June 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on ectopic pregnancies, etc., 13 June 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; alcohol abuse in Kenya, 1 August 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; maternal health services in East Africa - reducing maternal mortality rates in Kenya and Tanzania, 19 July 2010

Broadcasting voices of vulnerable children : a community radio drama for and by orphans and vulnerable children in Monkey Bay, Malawi through Training and Research Support Centre and Community Minders for Peoples Development

Akondeni ("Love Them") : a radio play by Monkey Bay orphans communicating their ordeals to the authorities and advising fellow orphans

Mid-term project progress report : fair financing in East and Southern Africa; community voice through radio and participatory communications (report for the period July 2009 to 17 November 2009)

Bulletin research matters, juillet 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health governance in Kenya and Tanzania (medical products and financing), 15 August 2010

Contribution des mutuelles de santé à la lutte contre la pauvreté : alternatives mutualistes pour éviter la déperdition des membres et favoriser l'accès des pauvres aux soins

Contribution des mutuelles de santé à la lutte contre la pauvreté : alternatives mutualistes pour éviter la déperdition des membres et favoriser l'accès des pauvres aux soins

Restitutions des résultats de l'étude sur la déperdition des membres des mutuelles dans les régions et au niveau national : rapport final

From paper to mike : an analysis of health systems reporting in Uganda's print and radio; final technical report

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on sexual health and an account of a married couple living with HIV, 10 October 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; health workforce in Kenya, 24 October 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexual and reproductive health challenges facing people with special needs (service delivery), 31 October 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; combating HIV/AIDS through basic care kits (medical products), 7 November 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on sexual health and account of AMREF HIV project in Tanzania, 14 November 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; cervical cancer (information), 17 October 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; sexual harassment in universities, 12 December 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; volunteerism (service delivery), 5 December 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; question and answer on sexual and reproductive health and educative film on sexual abuse, 28 November 2010

Kimasomaso : speaking boldly about sexual health; living with HIV (information and service delivery), 21 November 2010

Analysis of health systems reporting in Uganda's print and radio : presentation made to the Health Journalism Conference on 26th November 2010

Report on Uganda media coverage of health research : Makerere University College of Health Sciences releases report on Uganda media coverage of health research issues

Knowledge translation toolkit : bridging the know-do gap; a resource for researchers

Promoting democratic governance of public health policies in 6 rural municipalities : knowledge translation of evidence, tools and approaches; final technical report (February 2011)

Fair financing in East and Southern Africa: community voice through radio and participatory communications; final report

Developing a web platform to harness knowledge on intermediaries and brokering

Evaluation of phase II of the SDC/IDRC/GEH research matters project : final report

From paper to mike ...to public eye : an analysis of health reporting in Uganda's print and radio

Boîte à outils sur l'application des connaissances

Progress towards understanding the ecology and epidemiology of malaria in the Western Kenya Highlands : opportunities and challenges for control under climate change risk

National expansion of TEHIP tools zonal roll out : end of programme evaluation; final report

Governance and health resource guide

Promoting democratic governance of public health policies in 6 rural municipalities in Guatemala : knowledge translation of evidence, tools and approaches

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