Informing policy and practice

We are carrying out specific activities to ensure that research by RESYST members informs health policy and management decisions in member countries and at the international level.

Personal engagement with research users will be a core component of our research uptake work. Our experience shows that it is through collaborating and building relations with stakeholders that we can ensure that research is relevant, researchers have a reputation for credible research, and have strong and trusting relationships with policymakers.

Research uptake Objectives

We are working towards achieving six research uptake objectives:

  1. Key stakeholders are involved in, or supportive of, RESYST research throughout each stage of the research process

  2. Strengthened/ new relationships with key stakeholders working on health systems issues, and with those who can influence change

  3. Members of RESYST are viewed as a trusted and high-quality source of evidence on health systems topics by policy-makers and academics

  4. Research outputs are accessible to stakeholders at local, national and international levels, both during the life of the consortium and after it ends.

  5. Members of RESYST are able to carry out research uptake activities effectively

  6. Mechanisms are in place to monitor processes and outcomes, and opportunities exist to reflect and learn from these experiences

RESYST have developed a research uptake resource bank which is useful for people developing strategic plans for research uptake, writing for the web and for policymakers, working with data visualisation and using social media for research uptake.

The Research Uptake Manager is responsible for the overall implementation of the strategy and for coordinating global activities. For more information on this work please contact rebecca [dot] wolfe [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk (Rebecca Wolfe).