Service to community | Year In Review 2011

Supporting the Use of Research Evidence (SURE) for Policy in African Health Systems
SURE is a collaborative project that builds on and supports the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) in Africa and the Regional East African Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative. The project involves teams of researchers and policymakers in 11 African countries, namely; Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Centrafrique, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zambia. SURE is supported by Northern research teams in Norway, Sweden and Canada and is funded by the European CommissionÔÇÖs 7th Framework Programme.
The SURE project supports the improvement of health policy in Low and Middle-Income countries by developing, piloting and evaluating strategies designed to strengthen access to and use of relevant research synthesis in policy making. 
These include:

  • Production of evidence briefs for policy to address priority policy questions, e.g, ├ö├ç├┐Task Shifting for maternal and child health care├ö├ç├û, ├ö├ç├┐Increasing Access to Skilled Birth Attendance├ö├ç├û
  • Organizing policy dialogues that are informed by the evidence briefs
  • A rapid response service for short-term policymaker needs for research evidence that has so far produced 25 reports.
  • A clearing house for health policy and systems research
  • Capacity building for researchers, policy makers and civil society in developing and implementing evidence-informed health policies.