HOW WE WORK
We develop knowledge and practices in the following areas:
• Human Rights;
• Innovation in Public Sector
• Memory and Truth;
• Health, and
• Public Security.
• Support for situational diagnosis alongside teams from the public sector, universities and civil society organizations, in order to improve the identification and prioritization of public policies problems;
• Production of evidence briefs to support evidence-informed decision making in public policies;
• Continuous education (workshops and seminars) on tools for knowing, using and appraising evidence available for public policies; and
• Knowledge translation for adapting national and international scientific knowledge to user-friendly displays, available for public sector workers, journalists and members of the civil society.
WHY “EVIDENCE-INFORMED POLICYMAKING”?
Evidence-informed policymaking represent multiple strategies that aim to bring closer the development and implementation of public policies with the scientific and technical knowledge available. To do so, it is necessary to improve our approach to the key-problems in public policies by considering the best evidence available, as well as encourage researchers to produce studies that focus on these problems.
Nowadays, there is a huge gap between the knowledge production and its use among public management workers. Most of the research developed stays within the doors of universities, never reaching decision makers and other members of the civil society.
The debate concerning evidence-informed policymaking aims to propose different methods and tools to reduce this gap, building bridges to connect researchers, public management workers and civil society.
That effort comprehends multiple steps, such as mobilizing different actors, identifying, appraising and synthesizing the evidence available, as well as validating and publicizing the content among the civil society. It’s not an easy task and many strategies are being implemented worldwide to bring public policies and evidences together in an effort to better face complex social problems.
If you are interested in further material concerning this matter, we suggest you take a look on the website from the World Health Organization’s Evidence-Informed Policy Network (http://www.who.int/evidence/en/)
We also recommend the great content available online on the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tool, which is a National Collaborating Centre for Public Health in Canada, website (http://www.nccmt.ca), especially the course on “What is Evidence-Informed Public Health?”.