Promote the use of research to improve access to health care in Burkina Faso: the implementation of a knowledge brokering strategy

Inequalities of access to health care represent a major problem in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries. To allow the development of policies based on research and promoting health equity, it is vital to reduce the gap between reliable data and their application in practice. This project seeks to develop knowledge brokerage in Burkina Faso, an interactive strategy likely to be effective when evidence-based data is underused by practitioners and decision-makers. The broker must arrange various activities to serve as a bridge between researchers and decision-makers: disseminate knowledge, propose clear recommendations to users, promote contacts between researchers and users, etc. One year after the project began, an implementation evaluation was made to document the application of the strategy. The data analyzed came from self-administered questionnaires, individual interviews with the principal participations and the broker’s logbook. The evaluation revealed which elements facilitated and which interfered with the implementation of the project. The results suggest that the brokerage strategy introduced in the Burkina Faso context is promising.

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