Organising and running policy dialogues. What are the objectives? Who will participate? How will the dialogue be organised? What needs to be done following the dialogue ? A framework for going from evidence to health systems decisions.
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Judgements about the balance between the advantages and disadvantages of the options and implementation strategies that are considered viable need to be made by those using the policy brief and it requires careful consideration of the values that are attached to the expected advantages and disadvantages
Little is known about the optimal mix of participants in a policy dialogue or how best to structure the discussion to ensure that the objectives of the dialogue are achieved
Policy dialogues may occur at different times in relationship to the policy development process
What are the most important ways in which the policy dialogue can contribute to the development and implementation of an evidence-informed policy?
Identifying an appropriate mix of people may require several steps
Entails creating a list categories of people, groups or organisations with an interest in the specific policy issue
Entails creating a list of the types of expertise for the specific issue
To ensure that participants bring to the dialogue understanding of a range of factors such as the
The ability to
Ensure that the following will appeal to those invited:
In addition, it may help to contact some or all of those invited by telephone
The agenda should include deliberation about the problem, each option for addressing the problem, implementation considerations, and next steps
Participants are free to use the information received during the meeting, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.