Engaging stakeholders to identify gaps and develop strategies to inform evidence use for health policymaking in Nigeria

Ejemai Eboreime, Oluwafunmike Ogwa, Rosemary Nnabude, Kasarachi Aluka-Omitiran, Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, Nneka Orji, Achama Eluwa, Adaobi Ezeokoli, Aanu Rotimi, Laz Ude Eze, Vanessa Offiong, Ugochi Odu, Rita Okonkwo, Chukwunonso Umeh, Frances Ilika, Adaeze Oreh, Faith Nkut Adams, Ikedichi Arnold Okpani, Yewande Ogundeji, Chinyere MbachuFelix Abrahams Obi, Okikiolu Badej

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Introduction: recent efforts to bridge the evidence -policy gap in low-and middle-income countries have seen growing interest from key audiences such as government, civil society, international organizations, private sector players, academia, and media. One of such engagement was a two-day virtual participant-driven conference (the convening) in Nigeria. The aim of the convening was to develop strategies for improving evidence use in health policy. The convening witnessed a participant blend of health policymakers, researchers, political policymakers, philanthropists, global health practitioners, program officers, students, and the media. Methods: in this study, we analyzed conversations at the convening with the aim to disseminate findings to key stakeholders in Nigeria. The recordings from the convening were transcribed and analyzed inductively to identify emerging themes, which were interpreted, and inferences are drawn. Results: a total of 630 people attended the convening. Participants joined from 13 countries. Participants identified poor collaboration between researchers and policymakers, poor community involvement in research and policy processes, poor funding for research, and inequalities as key factors inhibiting the use of evidence for policymaking in Nigeria. Strategies proposed to address these challenges include the use of participatory and embedded research methods, leveraging existing systems and networks, advocating for improved funding and ownership for research, and the use of context -sensitive knowledge translation strategies. Conclusion: overall, better interaction among the various stakeholders will improve the evidence generation, translation, and use in Nigeria. A road map for the dissemination of findings from this conference has been developed for implementation across the strata of the health system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Knowledge translation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • policymaking
  • health system
  • Nigeria


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