Engaging Civil Society in Supporting Research Use in Health Systems

The lack of civil society engagement in supporting research use was the focus of an issue brief and a stakeholder dialogue that convened participants from more than a dozen countries. Civil society can be considered to be any voluntary organization apart from those under the direct control of governments or for-profit firms. Dialogue participants noted that typically civil society is not engaged in supporting research use in health systems, and there are few enablers to promote such engagement. However, they identified a number of promising ways forward. (Dialogue held November 23, 2009)