Understanding information needs
'There is no point in taking the time to make evidence-based solutions easier to understand if policymakers are no longer interested. Successful advocates recognise the value of emotional appeals and simple stories to draw attention to a problem...'
The increased demand for evidence-based practice in health policy in recent years has provoked a parallel increase in diverse evidence-based outputs designed to translate knowledge from researchers to policy makers and practitioners. Such knowledge translation ideally creates user-friendly outputs, tailored to meet information needs in a particular context for a particular audience. Yet matching users' knowledge needs to the most suitable output can be challenging.
We have lots of studies here but the challenge is that they are not driven by country-level needs but donor interest. This has caused the challenge of having too many studies done on one area while another area, that is equally a health need suffers paucity of evidence. If donors are passionate about helping Africa they they have to let us look into the local need driven issues.
Convening the key stakeholders up front in order to formulate the key questions necessary for making decisions from all perspectives should be the first step in any research in order to bring the evidence to bear for decision making to occur… Samueli Institute has the expertise and the management processes in place to allow these kinds of stakeholders to come together for their voices to be heard, drive the research questions to evidence based conclusions and recommendations that then can be made with all stakeholders involved.
NAWALPARASI: In a bizarre incident, it has been revealed that a 10-year-old child was mercilessly hacked to death as human sacrifice to cure an 18-year-old boy, who suffered from health problems, in a village in Nawalparasi district recently....
Background: Studies have sought to define information needs of health workers within very specific settings or projects. Lacking in the literature is how hospitals in low-income settings are able to meet the information needs of their staff and the use of information communication technologies (ICT) in day-to-day information searching.
'This research report summarises the best evidence available - from both research and practice - on what approaches are most effective in ensuring the accuracy, readability, relevance and impact of consumer health information...'
'The biggest issue is not necessarily one of quantity - quality is paramount. How accessible, timely, readable, reeliable and useful is the information provided? What does high quality health information really look like?'
Sometimes driven by our generosity we forget to account the actual need of the very people we are trying to help. Last Saturday I visited remote villages of earthquake affected Dhading district where indegenous "Chepan "community live.
I ask one question to all of them, what three things they need most? To my surprise their answer was "Corrugated sheet" "Corrugated sheet" and "Corrugated sheet".
And another question, what three things they want to build with "Corrugated sheet". They prioritise as rebuilding 1. Their homes 2. School 3. Health post.