Understanding Health Research
Understanding Health Research is a new online tool designed to help the public and patients understand and assess research papers.
It has beeb developed by a collaboration between researchers at the University of Glasgow, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and was funded by the Medical Research Council’s Population Health Science Research Network.
It provides an online resource that walks the user through a series of questions designed to highlight key aspects of research.
First, a set of general questions examines vital issues including whether the paper was peer reviewed and who funded the research. Next, the user is helped through the process of determining what type of research it is, and answers a series of questions specific to the methods being used....
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how to influence policy with research
Research is essential to provide good evidence to inform local, national and international policy that, in turn, has the potential to transform lives for the better.
But influencing policy is neither easy nor automatic – you need to want to do it. To be successful, you need to be open to different ways of working.
This briefing paper by the Overseas Development Institute identifies 10 things you need to know if you want to use research to influence policy.
5 Myths about Cash Transfers
Aid in the form of cash is proven to be effective, efficient and flexible. In the wake of recent media scepticism of direct aid, the Overseas Development Institute offer evidence to debunk some common misconceptions.
Investing in mental health in low-income countries
This research set out to make investing in mental health services realistic and manageable for Low Income Country governments. It found that there were valuable steps that governments can take with limited funding, and suggests and sets out incremental approaches to both investment and service delivery.
Development finance for water resources: trends in the Middle East and North Africa
This report from the Overseas Development Institute explores changes in finance sources and access to water resources finance by Middle East and North African (MENA) countries over the past decade. It concludes that water resources finance has been deprioritised in most territories, and that access to finance is related to progress with institutional and policy reforms. It also makes recommendations.