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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
      -
      Country
      Lebanon

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

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      Amplifying the role of knowledge translation platforms in the COVID-19 pandemic response

      The COVID-19 pandemic presents the worst public health crisis in recent history. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenged by many factors, including scientific uncertainties, scarcity of relevant research, proliferation of misinformation and fake news, poor access to actionable evidence, time constraints, and weak collaborations among relevant stakeholders. Knowledge translation (KT) platforms, composed of organisations, initiatives and networks supporting evidence-informed policy-making, can play an important role in providing relevant and timely evidence to inform pandemic responses and bridge the gap between science, policy, practice and politics. In this Commentary, we highlight the emerging roles of KT platforms in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also reflect on the lessons learned from the efforts of a KT platform in a middle-income country to inform decision-making and practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lessons learned can be integrated into strengthening the role, structures and mandates of KT platforms as hubs for trustworthy evidence that can inform policies and practice during public health crises and in promoting their integration and institutionalisation within the policy-making processes.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2020

      Type of Resource

      Commentary

      The crucible of COVID-19: what the pandemic is teaching us about health research systems

      The global health crisis created by COVID-19 is providing valuable insights into the strengths of our health research system and, perhaps even more clearly, displaying its weaknesses. Much of what is being shown so plainly in the current context is not truly new. We are being reminded that health research systems are slow and noisy as well as that there is a desire for research to inform decision-making, that researchers are great collaborators, and that the walls we are so quick to erect between health research and health practice are unhelpful facades. It is our hope that the clarity with which these issues are being demonstrated by COVID-19 might provide the impetus to address these challenges and seize these opportunities to improve our health research system, for the benefit for communities facing COVID-19 now, and for the benefit of us all in facing the further health challenges that are sure to come.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2020

      Type of Resource

      Commentary

      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

      Engagement of health research institutions in knowledge translation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

      The objective of this study was to explore the engagement of EMR institutions in KT activities.
      Language

      English; Arabic; French

      Year Published

      2018

      Type of Resource

      EIDM Study

      Changing roles of universities in the era of SDGs: rising up to the global challenge through institutionalising partnerships with governments and communities

      This commentary provides the case for building, strengthening and institutionalising university partnerships with governments and communities to achieve the SDGs. The authors call for a change in mindsets and culture in both academia and government, and invite both parties to start the dialogue if we are to rise up to the global challenge.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2018

      Type of Resource

      Commentary

      Barriers and facilitators to implementation, uptake and sustainability of community-based health insurance schemes in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review

      Community-based health insurance (CBHI) has evolved as an alternative health financing mechanism to out of pocket payments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in areas where government or employer-based health insurance is minimal. This systematic review aimed to assess the barriers and facilitators to implementation, uptake and sustainability of CHBI schemes in LMICs.
      Language

      English

      Year Published

      2018

      Type of Resource

      Systematic Review

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