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Table 3 Summary of results from KI - responses (number of respondents)

From: Research, evidence and policymaking: the perspectives of policy actors on improving uptake of evidence in health policy development and implementation in Uganda

  Strengthening institutional capacity for KT -A strong policy analysis unit within MoH (1)
   - Capacity in knowledge management (central depository, research processes, interpretation, evidence based culture, ownership of results, synthesis and application) (11)
   -Research advisory network bringing together researchers, civil society, knowledge brokers, policy makers (1)
   -Availability of an institutionalized mechanism/platform of getting researchers involved in policy making and policy makers involved in research (12)
   -We need to have an implementation and evaluation framework for KT in place (1)
   -Reduce the extent of bureaucracy in the policy making process (1)
  Pre-research - Availability of a research agenda to ensure that research addresses gaps (12)
  Research characteristics -Timely provision of high quality and contextualized evidence with recommendations that are economically feasible and offering policy options (15)
   -Credibility of researchers (6)
   -Use of local researchers (2)
   -Who commissions the research (1)
-Separation of roles between researchers and policy makers (1)
  Dissemination -Designated team in government to handle dissemination - knowledge brokers (1)
   -Simplified, well packaged and summarized messages disseminated using multiple channels tailored to targeted audiences (12)
   -Each research should have a communication strategy developed and funded (2)
   -Use of radio and also politicians can play a role in dissemination especially at community level(6)
   -Key role played by civil society but blocked by middle man, the government (5)
   -Use of electronic media (2)
   -Need a champion who gets to who the real policy makers (1)
Context Political -Favorable political environment open to change (7)
   - Availability of a political window especially around elections (5)
   -Politicians involvement in research including targeted dissemination to them (9)
  Economic -Government commitment to implement recommendations from research (7)
   -Economically affordable recommendations (8)
External influence Global evidence - Interaction with WHO which gives authoritative advice (6)
   -Global evidence is guiding countries, if local evidence is in line, it helps (7)
  Donor influence -Donors are helpful in providing funding to improve uptake of research (12)
  Partnerships -Involvement of all relevant stakeholders throughout the process to improve trust and build interest (15)
   -Communities are very important (6)
  HSS -Capacity of the HSS to implement recommendations including provision of incentives to implementers(9)