The World Health Assembly (WHA) in its 67th meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended evidence based decision-making among national policy makers and other stakeholders.

We, at Makerere University College of health sciences are scaling up efforts to build capacity of researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders in evidence informed public policy making using Rapid Response Evidence Briefs. The Rapid Response Service aims at making synthesised research evidence easily accessible to policy makers in a timely way (short period).

The workshop is organised by the Centre for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES) at Makerere University College of Health Sciences; and is aimed at equipping team leads of Knowledge Translation Platforms (KTPs) with skills and knowledge to understand, implement and manage Rapid Response Services at their home institutions.

This course is designed to focus on practical applications of the principles of systematic reviews taught in the introductory lectures. Participants will be involved in identifying health system problems for which research evidence is needed and proceed to conduct and publish systematic reviews answering this question. To achieve this objective, course participants will be engaged in systematic review conduct beyond the 5-day full-time face-to-face interaction in Kampala, Uganda.

This course is designed to focus on practical applications of the GRADE (Grading, Recommendations, Assessment, Development, Evaluation). The hands-on approach builds on our systematic reviews course to apply the overall assessment of the quality of the body of evidence to inform recommendations & for guidelines development.