By HPRG News
Kurt Lewin said, “no research without action, and no action without research”. The reality of this quote lies in the essence of conducting research, which is to change society. Such change could be to inform, influence, or introduce great policies and programmes; or to improve conditions for the poor and vulnerable; or to even inform effective governance. Any which way, a goal for academia is to ensure that research brings real-time and tangible positive changes to the lives of people, and that generated evidence makes sense to policymakers and used for the good of the public.
These precedents motivate the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG), University of Nigeria to engage in building capacities in advocacies and influencing policies and programmes using research evidence. A well-researched study on bridging gaps between policymakers and researchers was published by the HPRG, and they have gone forward to mainstream these insights and approaches into mentorship programmes for organisations. Very recently, HPRG was engaged to build the capacity of the staff of the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association/RedAid Nigeria (GLA/RAN) in Enugu on advocacy for policy change using research evidence.
GLA/RAN, Enugu, is currently implementing an innovation grant from the STOP TB Partnership, titled – ‘Catalysing improvements in drug-resistance tuberculosis (DR-TB) care in Nigeria: A sustainable patient-centred approach’. The core aims of the project include reducing pre-treatment loss to follow-up and commencing treatment for newly diagnosed DR-TB cases as fast as possible, by addressing factors that affect the patient-care pathway from efficacy of investigations through initiation of treatment for DR-TB. In addition, a core part of their research aims will be to get generated evidence into policies and practice. To achieve this, the following important resources from HPRG will be needful:
  1. Concept and importance of advocacy for policy change – By Dr Chinyere Okeke (Click here to download presentation)
  2. Understanding the use and role of media and communication for effective advocacy – By Prince Agwu and Chinelo Obi (Click here to download presentation)
  3. Foundational principles and key components of developing advocacy strategies – By Chioma Onyedinma (Click here to download presentation)
  4. Methodologies and tools for effective advocacy – By Prof Chinyere Mbachu (Click here to download presentation)
  5. How to write a policy brief – By Prof BSC Uzochukwu (Click here to download presentation) 
  6. Planning, implementing and evaluating advocacy and communication for policy change – By Dr Chinyere Okeke (Click here to download presentation)
  7. Getting research into policy and practice – By Prof BSC Uzochukwu (Click here to download presentation)


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