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Table 1 Characteristics of publications on policy dialogue in Africa

From: A scoping review of researchers’ involvement in health policy dialogue in Africa

Author and date Country Study type Public health issue Participants in policy dialogue Role of researchers Presence of local researchers
Ade et al. 2016 [17] Guinea Case study National health policy MoH, civil society, development partners, Ministry of Environment Not reported Not reported
Akhnif et al. 2020 [18] Morocco Case study Health financing Key ministries, media, parliamentarians, private sector, researchers, civil society, health professionals, technical and financial partners Active—organized workshops, participated and contributed to dialogue, and documented discussions Yes
Berman et al. 2015 [16] Malawi Commentary Development of knowledge translation platform Researchers, policymakers, implementers, civil society Active—generated evidence, developed policy briefs, facilitated policy dialogue Yes
Burris et al. 2011 [19] Ghana Case study HIV-herpes simplex virus type-2 interaction Researchers, policymakers, Active—generated evidence, contributed to policy development Yes
De Carvalho et al. 2014 [20] Ghana Case study Aging and health Key ministries, the Ghana Health Service, teaching hospitals, professional bodies, HelpAge Ghana, WHO Not reported Not reported
Dossou et al. 2018 [21] Benin Case study User fees for caesarian section MoH, implementers, healthcare professionals, economists, civil society Not reported Not reported
Dovlo et al. 2016 [6] Multinational—Cabo Verde, Chad, Mali Exploratory study Improvement of national health development MoH, donor agencies, civil society Not reported Not reported
Johnson et al. 2020 [22] Nigeria Case study Maternal child health Policymakers, technical and financial partners, civil society, researchers, healthcare professionals Active—participated in discussions, Yes
Kinoti et al. 2014 [23] Multinational—Malawi, Uganda, Zambia Not reported Abortion complications Researchers, policymakers, healthcare providers Active—conducted research, disseminated findings, participated in dialogues, developed action plans Yes
Kirigia et al. 2016 [24] Multinational—African region Not reported Increase uptake of evidence in health policy and practice Researchers, policymakers, ministries, WHO, public Active—presented findings, led discussions Yes
Mbonye et al. 2013 [25] Uganda Not reported Malaria, infectious and communicable diseases Researchers, policymakers, civil society, media Active—developed and reviewed policy briefs, participated in policy workshops Yes
Mc Sween-Cadieux et al. 2018 [26] Burkina Faso Mixed methods Road traffic injuries Researchers, health professionals, civil society, police, government Active—conducted research, organized policy workshop Yes
Mubyazi et al. 2005 [27] Tanzania Case study Antimalarial drug policy Researchers, policymakers, drug manufacturers, media, practitioners, public Active—generated evidence, disseminated findings, participated in discussions Yes
Nabyonga-Orem et al. 2014 [28] Uganda Case study Malaria treatment policy change Researchers, policymakers, MoH, donors, parliamentarians, civil society, media, communities Active—generated evidence, participated in policy development Yes
Nabyonga-Orem et al. 2016 [29] Liberia Case study Policy dialogue before and after the Ebola outbreak Policymakers, donors, NGO, policy implementers, MoH Not reported Not reported
Odoch et al. 2015 [30] Uganda Desk review Male circumcision for HIV prevention Researchers, MoH, donors, media, civil society, public Active—generated evidence, participated in policy negotiation, formulation, communication, and implementation Yes
Ongolo-Zogo et al. 2014 [31] Multinational—Cameroon and Uganda Case study “Evidence to policy” around priority topics Researchers, policymakers, international bureaucrats, knowledge brokers, civil society, media Active—generated evidence, prepared policy briefs, organized dialogues Yes
Paul et al. 2020 [32] Multinational—Benin and Senegal Case study Universal health coverage Policymakers, health professionals, public Not reported Not reported
Ridde et al. 2017 [7] Multinational—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal Reflective and cross-sectional analysis New health policies on health coverage and employment High-level decision makers Not reported Not reported
Sabi et al. 2017 [33] South Africa Case study Improvement of HIV/AIDS health service delivery Researchers, civil society, business organizations, African trade union Active—developed policy proposals Yes
Ssengooba et al. 2011 [34] Uganda Case study Prevention of mother-to-child transmission and safe male circumcision Researchers, policymakers, media, donors, public Active—participated in policy formulation and implementation, secured funding for programs Yes
Uneke et al. 2015 [35] Nigeria Cross-sectional analysis Strategies to control infectious diseases of poverty (malaria, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis) Researchers, policymakers, MoH, civil society, health professionals Active—provided support and mentorship to policymakers for policy development, participated in policy dialogue Yes
Wammanda et al. 2020 [36] Nigeria Case study Serious bacterial infection in young infants MoH, WHO, civil society, policymakers, program implementers, health professionals Not reported Not reported
Webber et al. 2018 [37] Tanzania Participatory action research Maternal health Policymakers, village leaders, community members Passive—organized participatory action research and collected data Yes
Woelk et al. 2009 [38] Multinational—Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe Case study Use of magnesium sulphate in the treatment of eclampsia in pregnancy; use of insecticide treated bed nets and indoor residual household spraying for malaria vector control Researchers, policymakers, MoH, civil society, international agencies Active—generated evidence, contributed to policy development and review, collaborated with health officials, chaired policy-making committee Yes
Young et al. 2018 [39] South Africa Case study Use of research evidence in policy Policymakers and research buddies Active—partnered with policymakers and provided scientific support Yes