The value and promise of embedded research

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This article was co-authored by Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition Leadership Team member Anuradha Gupta. The article discusses the existing research uptake methods, which largely focus on the packaging of evidence for ease of understanding for front-line practitioners.

Despite a growing realization of the added value of the use of evidence to inform decision-making in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs), several barriers to its uptake and use persist. These include inadequate contextually sensitive research, lack of alignment to policy cycles, and limited capacities among policymakers to appraise and use evidence. Many of these barriers are exacerbated by the inadequate involvement of decision-makers at various levels in establishing research priorities and generating research evidence.

The piece argues that, given the central role of context in determining both what evidence is needed and how this evidence can be applied to the problem at hand, enhancing evidence use in policies and programs requires an approach that puts decision-makers at the centre of the evidence generation process.


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