February 23, 2021

Practical considerations for communicating evidence to policy makers: identifying best practices for conveying research findings - Institute of Development Studies

An important part of the work of National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) is to produce evidence-based analysis to inform national policy makers and programme planners and to support their decisions. This review provides an overview of the factors beyond simply producing high quality analysis that could influence the likelihood that such evidence is used in designing and implementing policies and programmes. Based on a review of the literature, on interviews with key informants, and on the analysis of a range of information products in the field of nutrition, it identifies the best practices to apply when producing any materials, in order to ensure that outputs are seen, understood by, and hopefully acted upon, by their intended audience. The key recommendations, intended for those who are looking to develop effective materials to influence policy making, are summarized in this document.