Training in Evidence Search-Acquisition

Through implementing the project: Strengthening Capacity of Civil Society for Promoting Research Evidence into Policy Development in Georgia, Curatio International Foundation aims to improve the skills of civil society representatives in developing policies that are a) evidence informed b) tailored to Georgia’s social, economic and cultural context, and c) responsive to public interest.

CIF intends to contribute to achieving this goal by allying two distinct networks of NGOs (The coalition of Georgian NGOs for “Transparency of Public Finance” and Georgian “Mental Health Coalition”) and strengthening their capacity in delivering evidence into policy process. Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) and Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) support this effort.

Knowing that the high quality research evidence is one of the critical preconditions for employing the evidence by policy makers into policy making CIF conducted the training in evidence search-acquisition. The objective of this training module was to enhance the abilities of the partner coalitions to successfully carry out analytical and research work by increasing capacity for accessing national and international sources of evidence (databases, scientific journals, grey literature repositories, governmental reports, internet etc.). The training was designed and provided by Mr.Levan Tsutskiridze, the President of the Association for International Relationships and helped participants to understand from where and how the needed evidence can be obtained; The module placed a special emphasis on provision of an instruction into harnessing the capacities of general and specialized internet search engines, better analysis of the information and more effective utilization of search data for research, informational or analytical purposes.

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