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Using research to influence sexual and reproductive health practice and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case-study analysis

By 17/06/2011

Research institutions and donor organizations are giving growing attention to how research evidence is communicated to influence policy. In the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV there is less weight given to understanding how evidence is successfully translated into practice. Policy issues in SRH can be controversial, influenced by political factors and shaped by context such as religion, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. This paper’s analysis emphasises the relationships and communications involved in using research to influence policy and practice and recognises a distinction whereby practice is not necessarily influenced as a result of policy change – especially in SRH – where there are complex interactions between policy actors.

Title: Using research to influence sexual and reproductive health practice and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa: a case-study analysis Author: Olivia Tulloch, Philippe Mayaud, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Baafuor Opoku, Nana Lithur, Eugene Sickle, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Mwita Wambura, John Changalucha, Sally Theobald Year: 2011