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Title: Funding agencies in low- and middle-income countries: Support for knowledge translation
Authors: Cynthia Cordero
Rachel Delino
L. Jeyaseelan
Mary Ann Lansang
Juan M. Lozano
Shuba Kumar
Socorro Moreno
Merle Pietersen
Jose Quirino
Visanu Thamlikitkul
Vivian A. Welch
Jacqueline Tetroe
Aleida Ter Kuile
Ian D. Graham
Jeremy Grimshaw
Vic Neufeld
George Wellsk
Peter Tugwell
University of the Philippines Manila
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Madras Medical College
South African Medical Research Council
Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo
Mahidol University
University of Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Faculty of Health Sciences
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2008
Citation: Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Vol.86, No.7 (2008), 524-534
Abstract: Objective: The aim was to describe how selected health research funding agencies active in low- and middle-income countries promote the translation of their funded research into policy and practice. Methods: We conducted inductive analysis of semi-structured interviews with key informants from a purposive sample of 23 national and international funding agencies that fund health research in Brazil, Colombia, India, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand. We also surveyed web sites. Findings: We found a commitment to knowledge translation in the mandate of 18 of 23 agencies. However, there was a lack of common terminology. Most of the activities were traditional efforts to disseminate to a broad audience, for example using web sites and publications. In addition, more than half (13 of 23) of the agencies encouraged linkage/exchange between researchers and potential users, and 6 of 23 agencies described "pull" activities to generate interest in research from decision-makers. One-third (9 of 23) of funding agencies described a mandate to enhance health equity through improving knowledge translation. Only 3 of 23 agencies were able to describe evaluation of knowledge translation activities. Furthermore, we found national funding agencies made greater knowledge translation efforts when compared to international agencies. Conclusion: Funding agencies are engaged in a wide range of creative knowledge translation activities. They might consider their role as knowledge brokers, with an ability to promote research syntheses and a focus on health equity. There is an urgent need to evaluate the knowledge translation activities of funding agencies.
ISSN: 15640604
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