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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018




Sharing health information and evidence with policy makers: tools for transferring knowledge into policy action


Organised by

EUPHA Section on Public health monitoring and reporting, BRIDGE Health - BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health policy and research, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, EPHA – European Public Health Alliance and CHAFEA - European Commission's Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency


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Population health monitoring and population-based health research generate health information and evidence that can help to support and improve policymaking. However, to inform decision making in practice the target audience – policy makers - need to be reached.

There are a range of tools for disseminating health information and evidence. This pre-conference will look at some of those tools with a particular focus on how to make information genuinely accessible so that policy makers can better understand and use it.

The preconference will look at the format of policy briefs and the elements that are used in there to present information and synthetize evidence on a particular policy issue or question with the aim of supporting the identification of relevant options. Experiences from key European knowledge brokers will be shared and newly developed policy briefs, tools and guidelines will be unravelled. Afterwards we will apply the lessons learnt to outputs generated by routine population health monitoring activities.


For a detailed programme, please click here. The preconference will be organised in three parts:

  1. Examples and concepts. We will review various models of policy briefs and other knowledge transfer tools, using these examples to better understand the different approaches. This will give an opportunity to participants to explore the key concepts, reach shared understanding of terminology, and agree on working definitions to be used the rest of the day.
  2. Techniques and tools. There will be a series of pitch presentations on some of the key tools and techniques for conveying health information effectively to policy makers. These parallel sessions will cover explaining data, developing infographics, synthesizing evidence, drawing key messages, and writing effectively.
  3. Techniques and tools into action: drafting policy briefs for population health monitoring and reporting. At the end of the day participants will work in small groups to apply  the lessons learned with a focus on population health monitoring and reporting. Groups will work around a current case study and discuss suitable approaches with institutes active in this field.

Who should attend?

The preconference is specifically addressed to professionals interested by or involved in effective knowledge transfer mechanisms: stakeholders in the public health services and public health research community, knowledge brokering organizations, policy-makers, managers and other decision-makers in health care, and other stakeholders and NGOs at national and European level.

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 20 which includes networking lunch and refreshments. This workshop is supported by the European Union in the frame of the EU Health Programme.