Good health systems’ development and governance depend on well-informed decisions. However, health policymakers often formulate strategies and reforms without using the best available knowledge or information. Even where researchers, statisticians and other actors are generating evidence on performance, effectiveness or models of governance or service delivery, there is often a complex disjuncture between information and policy. It relates to problems with the • relevance, quality, and timeliness of the information being produced • way knowledge is ‘brokered’ or transferred into policy • policymaking process itself and how it intersects with technical inputs. What is missing is an effective bridge between the worlds of health system information, and policy making. This scoping study will explore current efforts to broker information for policy and bridge the information–action gap. It will be carried out by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a well-established partnership of international organizations, governments and academics that focuses on bringing health system information to those who can act on it. The Observatory will mobilize its extensive networks and bring the right international experts together under a single umbrella to map existing approaches to knowledge brokering and to identify what we know and what we don’t about them. The study will: • develop a framework for organizing and understanding models of brokering research into policy • describe and compare EU member states’ experiences with • information-packaging and interactive knowledge-sharing mechanisms • national and European models for knowledge brokering • undertake country case studies to explore how knowledge-brokering approaches intersect with and support policymaking. The study will set out the implications that comparative research on knowledge brokering has for the organisation and management of information systems in the EU.
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