EVIPNet Brazil Network, management and governance: a workshop with experts

Session Type
Engaging stakeholders and building partnerships
Batista J1, Lima AAD1, Barcelos LC1, Padilha MA1, Pereira GDS1, Serpa FB1, Marinho MMA1, Rêgo DF1, Silva RB1
1Ministry of Health’s Department of Science and Technology of Brazil, Brazil

Background: The Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) is an initiative developed by the World Health Organization in 2004. In 2023, with the aim of strengthening the Network in Brazil, the General Coordination of Evidence in Health, from the Brazilian Ministry of Health promoted a workshop to listen to the expectations and needs of specialists in Evidence-Informed Policies (EIP), to contribute to promoting the use of health evidence to support the decision-making process in the Brazilian health system.
Objectives: To report on the workshop held with EIP specialists to present, on the one hand, the project for the EVIPNet Brasil network management and governance, and on the other hand to motivate the engagement of strategic actors.
Methods: Online workshop, that was planned and executed in six sessions: i. opening and welcome, ii. the path is taken for network restructuring, iii. presentation of the Work Breakdown Structure (it has the function of articulating the scope of the project, it is considered a fundamental input for other processes of project management and deliveries), iv. moment of discussion among the participants, v. group activity, and vi. closing remarks.
Results: The event promoted discussions on the need to develop networking, sensitize new actors, seek inspiration from other networks, and develop and encourage the potential of the Evidence Centers. In the group activity, participants were invited to answer a question that raised the discussion about the scope of the institutionalization of the use of evidence and management and governance. The contributions covered definitions and prioritization of values, actors, and guidelines; agreement on the business model; institutionalization at different levels of management; domains of institutionalization and challenges. At the end of the workshop, the main points discussed were summarized, directing the group toward the next steps of the project, such as building an action plan and planning an event for the official launch of the project.
Conclusions: The participation of specialists in the workshop allowed collaborative work, providing engagement and thus, strengthening the EVIPNet Brazil network.
Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: No involvement.