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Bridging research-policy gaps: An integrated approach.

  • Khomsi, Kenza1, 2
  • Bouzghiba, Houria3
  • Mendyl, Abderrahmane4
  • Al-Delaimy, Ahmed K5
  • Dahri, Amal6
  • Saad-Hussein, Amal7
  • Balaw, Ghada8
  • El Marouani, Ihssane2
  • Sekmoudi, Imane9
  • Adarbaz, Mouaad2
  • Khanjani, Narges10
  • Abbas, Nivine11
  • 1 General Directorate of Meteorology, Morocco. , (Morocco)
  • 2 Mohammed VI University of Sciences and Health, Morocco. , (Morocco)
  • 3 Environmental Doctoral School, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary. , (Hungary)
  • 4 Department of Meteorology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. , (Hungary)
  • 5 University of Anbar, College of Medicine, Iraq. , (Iraq)
  • 6 Direction of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Ministry of Health Morocco. , (Morocco)
  • 7 Environmental & Occupational Medicine Department, Environment and Climate Change Research Institute, National Research Centre, Egypt. , (Egypt)
  • 8 Jordan University of Sciences and Technology, Jordan. , (Jordan)
  • 9 Independent researcher, Morocco. , (Morocco)
  • 10 Department of Medical Education, Paul Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Science Centre El Paso.
  • 11 Public Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Balamand, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
Published Article
Environmental epidemiology (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2024
DOI: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000281
PMID: 38343738


It is often difficult for policymakers to make informed decisions without evidence-based support, resulting in potentially ineffective policies. The purpose of this article is to advocate for collaboration and communication between researchers and policymakers to enhance evidence-based policymaking. The workshop hosted by the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology-Eastern Mediterranean Chapter further explores the challenges of connecting researchers and policymakers. The article highlights the gap between researchers and policymakers, attributed to different visions and objectives, time constraints, and communication issues. To strengthen the research-policy interface, strategies such as enhanced communication skills and early involvement of policymakers in research are suggested. The article proposes an integrated model combining the Collaborative Knowledge Model and the policy entrepreneurship mindset, emphasizing the co-creation of knowledge and evidence-based policy solutions. The use of this model can lead to the development of evidence-based policies that effectively address societal needs. Copyright © 2024 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of The Environmental Epidemiology. All rights reserved.

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