JBI series paper 4: the role of collaborative evidence networks in promoting and supporting evidence-based health care globally: reflections from 25 years across 38 countries


      • Introduction to collaborative evidence networks.
      • Overview of the role of collaborative evidence networks.
      • A review of the functions and form of the JBI collaboration using a network functions approach.
      • Collaborative evidence networks facilitate evidence synthesis, transfer and implementation.


      Evidence-based health care (EBHC) is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals working to ensure that health care practice, policy, and decision-making are informed by rigorous research evidence, to improve health outcomes. The success of this global agenda, however, depends on individuals and organizations working together within a functioning evidence ecosystem. Collaborative evidence networks are a key mechanism to facilitate the synthesis, transfer, and implementation of evidence into health care policy and practice. Using the network functions approach as a framework for review, this paper explores the strategic functions and form of the JBI Collaboration to illustrate the role of a collaborative evidence network in promoting and supporting EBHC globally. It illustrates how the functions of a collaborative evidence network enable the development, exchange, and dissemination of knowledge, the building of social capital, mobilization of resources, and amplification and advocacy of members work and ideas, which increase the capacity and effectiveness of members in achieving their unified purpose. Effective and sustainable collaborative evidence networks have innovative ways of relating and mobilizing energy for action and combine formal and informal structures and relationships to successfully work together to address complex global health issues and drive the EBHC agenda forward.


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