Enhancing evidence-informed decision making: Strategies for engagement between public health faculty and policymakers in Kenya

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This article examines the complex interactions and strategies for engagement - both existing as well as desired - between academic Knowledge Brokers (KBs) and national health policymakers in Kenya. Based on semi-structured interviews with academic KBs and university leaders from six Schools of Public Health (SPHs) as well as national policymakers, the authors found that a delicate balance between leveraging personal individual relationships and establishing more sustained institutional partnerships is important for engagement. The authors provide a list of recommended strategies for effective and tailored engagement, and highlight the important but under-appreciated dual role of academic KBs within Kenyan universities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-253
Number of pages29
JournalEvidence and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017



  • Engagement strategy
  • Evidence-informed decision making
  • Kenya
  • Knowledge brokering
  • Schools of public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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