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PMNCH Knowledge Summaries: improving their production process, reach and use

PMNCH Knowledge Summaries: improving their production process, reach and use

19 February 2015
Two studies undertaken in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

PMNCH report coverThe PMNCH Knowledge Summaries contribute to an increased emphasis on evidence-informed policy and practice within the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health community. They aim to synthesise scientific evidence in a clear and concise format in order to support advocacy, policy and practice, on a range of topics related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).

In 2014 the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with PMNCH, carried out two studies on the Knowledge Summaries to review the development process, find out about the summaries’ reach and use, as well as how their relevance to the RMNCH community could be improved.

Recommendations

The studies suggest recommendations for the PMNCH Secretariat to improve the process, reach and use of the summaries in terms of:

  • Identifying the purpose of Knowledge Sumamires
  • Choosing a topic and reviewers
  • Planning
  • Coordinating and managing the process
  • Disseminating the Knowledge Summaries

Study on the PMNCH Knowledge Summary production process

This study aimed to answer the research questions:

  1. To what extent does the production process for PMNCH Knowledge Summaries produce relevant, well-informed, useful and timely summaries?
  2. How can the process be improved?

Semi-structured interviews were conducted either by phone or in person with 22 participants. Each stakeholder group involved in producing the Knowledge Summaries and each Knowledge Summary cycle was represented in the chosen particpants. Documents from each cycle describing the proposed process and guidance documents were also reviewed.

Survey of the reach and use of PMNCH Knowledge Summaries

This study focussed on the use of evidence synthesis outputs and the reach and use of PMNCH Knowledge Summaries by PMNCH partners and other RMNCH organizations. The study had three aims:

  1. To understand the use of evidence synthesis outputs
  2. To understand the reach and use of PMNCH Knowledge Summaries
  3. To help the PMNCH Secretariat improve their evidence synthesis outputs

Data were collected through an online survey.