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Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center | Lebanon

A research center that aims to strengthen public policy and practice and improve health and social outcomes in Lebanon, the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and globally

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The Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center  is a research center based at the American University of Beirut that aims to strengthen public policy and practice and improve health and social outcomes in Lebanon, the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and globally. It is designated as a WHO-Collaborating Center for evidence-informed policymaking and practice.

Founded in 2015, the K2P Center works to bridge the gap between science, policy, and politics, make research more accessible to a broader range of stakeholders, build institutional capacities for evidence-informed policymaking, and seize opportunities to advocate for and influence policy outcomes. Its key objectives are to: 

  • Support and build the Knowledge Translation (KT) capacity of research networks, civil society organizations, researchers, policymakers, and the media.
  • Inform the production, packaging and sharing of evidence from research in an objective manner, based on current and emerging policymaking priorities;
  • Inform policymaking in an objective manner using the best available evidence available.
  • ​​​​Develop and test models for KT that are culturally appropriate, relevant, and effective for a given context

The K2P Center has been strategically selected as a lead mentor institute for developing the sustainable institutional capacity for evidence-informed decision-making in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through this program of work, the K2P Center is developing the capacity of over ten mentee institutions, from all six WHO regions.

    Established in 2015 at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon.

    K2P is a knowledge translation platform that bridges the gap between research and policymaking and promotes evidence-informed policymaking and action.

    The center shapes and impacts policies by providing context-specific solutions to complex policy issues, convening high profile dialogues and engaging in capacity-building.

    Designated as a WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice.

    Recognized as a global mentor institute for ‘evidence to policy’ work.

    The functions of K2P summarized

      The functions of the Knowledge to Policy Center summarized in an infographic.

      Since joining PEERSS in 2018, the K2P Center has made a number of contributions to the evidence-informed policymaking space.

      With PEERSS funding and support:

      The K2P Center launched the K2P COVID-19 Series Initiative in 2020 to inform the global response to COVID-19. The initiative harnesses the best available research evidence and data on the pandemic and makes it available to politicians, policymakers, and other stakeholders to help shape the collective response needed to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. 

      As a PEERSS Synergy Support Team member, the K2P Center:

      Provides partner teams with support to help strengthen their capacities in the evidence-informed policymaking space.

      Helps teams develop an approach to produce rapid syntheses and evidence briefs, reviewing products once drafted.

      Provides ongoing support on the operational aspects of convening stakeholder panels and dialogues.

      Contributes to the design and implementation of Quarterly Learning Sessions (QLS) for all PEERSS Partners.

      Provides technical and administrative support to the China team at Lanzhou University to help them achieve their objectives and goals.

      Meet the experts from Lebanon.

      Role
      Partner Lead
      Areas of Expertise
      Health policy; Knowledge translation; Evidence-informed policymaking; Governance; Performance improvement; Quality of care; Accreditation; Patient safety; Human resources for health; Multisectoral collaboration; Rapid response services; Primary healthcare
      Country
      Lebanon
      Role
      Partner
      Areas of Expertise
      Health policy and systems research; Knowledge translation; Evidence-informed policymaking; Systematic reviews; Priority setting for research;  Rapid response services; Primary healthcare
      Country
      Lebanon
      Role
      Administrative Support for K2P-PEERSS activities 
      Areas of Expertise
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      Country
      Lebanon

      Publications, policy briefs and other resources from the Knowledge to Policy Center

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      A call for a backward design to knowledge translation

      Despite several calls to support evidence-informed policy-making, variations in uptake of evidence into policy persist. This editorial brings together and builds on previous Knowledge Translation (KT) frameworks and theories to present a simple, yet, holistic approach for promoting evidence-informed policies. The proposed conceptual framework is characterized by its impact-oriented approach and its view of KT as a continuum from the evidence synthesis stage to uptake and evaluation, while highlighting capacity and resource requirement at every step. A practical example is given to guide readers through the different steps of the framework. With a growing interest in strengthening evidence-informed policy-making, there is a need to continuously develop theories to understand and improve the science of KT and its implementation within the field of policy-making.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2015

      Type of Resource

      Conceptual Framework

      An institutional approach to support the conduct and use of health policy and systems research: The Nodal Institute in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

      The use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) to support decision making in health systems is limited in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). This is partly due to the lack of effective initiatives to strengthen regional HPSR capacities and promote its use in decision making. This paper offers a structured reflection on the establishment and core functioning of a HPSR Nodal Institute for the EMR with specific focus on the approach used to support the conduct and use of HPSR. It seeks to gain better understanding of the activities conducted by the Nodal Institute, the methods by which the Nodal Institute implemented these activities, and the outcomes of these activities.
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      Applying knowledge translation tools to inform policy: the case of mental health in Lebanon

      Many reform efforts in health systems fall short because the use of research evidence to inform policy remains scarce. In Lebanon, one in four adults suffers from a mental illness, yet access to mental healthcare services in primary healthcare (PHC) settings is limit ed. Using an “integrated” knowledge framework to link research to action, this study examines the process of influencing the mental health agenda in Lebanon through the application of Knowledge Translation (KT) too ls and the use of a KT Platform (KTP) as an intermediary between researchers and policymakers"
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2015

      Type of Resource

      EIDM Study

      Capturing lessons learned from evidence-to-policy initiatives through structured reflection

      Knowledge translation platforms (KTPs), which are partnerships between policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers, are being established in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to enhance evidence-informed health policymaking (EIHP). This study aims to gain a better understanding of the i) activiti es conducted by KTPs, ii) the way in which KTP leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders perceive these activities and their outputs, iii) facilitators that support KTP work and challenges, and the lessons learned for overcoming such challenges, and iv) factors that can help to ensure the sustainability of KTPs
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2014

      Type of Resource

      EIDM Study

      Evidence-Informed Health Policies in Eastern Mediterranean Countries: Comparing Views of Policymakers and Researchers

      The objective of this paper is to conduct comparative analysis about the views and practices of policy makers and researchers on the use of health systems evidence in policy making in selected Eastern Mediterranean countries. We analysed data from two self-reported surveys, one targeted at policy makers and the other at researchers. Results show a wide gap between policy makers and researchers when comparing perceptions on factors influencing the policy-making process and use of evidence in health policy making. Findings highlight specific areas for undertaking knowledge translation activities and implementing interventions to narrow the gap between policy makers and researchers.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2014

      Type of Resource

      Comparative Analysis

      Using narratives to impact health policymaking: a systematic review

      There is increased interest in using narratives or storytelling to influence health policies. We aimed to systematically review the evidence on the use of narratives to impact the health policy-making process. Methods Eligible study designs included randomised studies, non-randomised studies, process evaluation studies, economic studies, qualitative studies, stakeholder analyses, policy analyses, and case studies. The MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), WHO Global Health Library, Communication and Mass Media Complete, and Google Scholar databases were searched. We followed standard systematic review methodology for study selection, data abstraction and risk of bias assessment. We synthesised the findings narratively and presented the results stratified according to the following stages of the policy cycle: (1) agenda-setting, (2) policy formulation, (3) policy adoption, (4) policy implementation and (5) policy evaluation. Additionally, we presented the knowledge gaps relevant to using narrative to impact health policy-making. Results Eighteen studies met the eligibility criteria, and included case studies (n = 15), participatory action research (n = 1), documentary analysis (n = 1) and biographical method (n = 1). The majority were of very low methodological quality. In addition, none of the studies formally evaluated the effectiveness of the...
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2019

      Type of Resource

      Systematic Review

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