As a leading health research institute, OUCRU recognises the need to communicate frequently with national and international stakeholders in the policy-making and policy-influencing environment. This ensures that our research remains relevant and useful, and is best positioned to achieve impact on health.
At OUCRU, engagement with policy stakeholders is factored into the whole research system. We aim to have systemic involvement and feedback from policy stakeholders from conception of studies and design of the research programme, to communication and dissemination of results.
To achieve this goal, we conduct comprehensive activities to facilitate both internal engagement with our researchers and external engagement with key policy stakeholders in Viet Nam, Indonesia, Nepal and in the region.
In 2022, we extended the scope of the OAB to include other major infectious diseases such as drug resistant infections, tuberculosis and vaccine preventable diseases, and established the OUCRU Infectious Diseases Research and Policy Discussion Forum (OUCRU IDDF). With the OUCRU IDDF, we aim to facilitate equal, two-way discussion and sharing – giving both OUCRU researchers and policy stakeholders the opportunity to learn about one another’s priorities, concerns, and opportunities to collaborate. The OUCRU IDDF consists of 4 permanent members from OUCRU, and 14 members from external policy making or policy influencing organisations. The Forum is additionally supported by two members of the OUCRU Policy Engagement team who act as facilitators.
We provide consultation and support for new and on-going research projects with policy engagement components, facilitating communication and collaboration between OUCRU researchers and policy stakeholders and driving for continuous engagement at all research stages.
Notable projects that we have contributed to:
SPEAR (Understanding the Socio-Cultural Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Three Countries in Asia)
Multi-Species Farming, Viral Diversity, And Risks Of Cross-Species Transmission In The Central Highlands Of Viet Nam
Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership-2 (GARP-2)
A collaborative platform for policy exchange, capacity building, and research across diverse global science advisory organisations and national systems
Between December 2020 and April 2021, we contributed to two reports by INGSA and the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) on Viet Nam policies during COVID-19 including:
The policy engagement team provides regular training and support for OUCRU researchers. This includes formal training, as well as bespoke support at project and thematic levels.
We organise interactive, in-person training for early-career researchers and other staff, introducing basic knowledge and skills to engage effectively with key stakeholders in the policy-influencing environment.
OUCRU aims to have impact on health, and in order to evaluate this we need to manage our policy-related metrics and outputs. The Policy Engagement team at OUCRU tracks and measures data related to our policy engagement outputs and outcomes. Based on the collected data, we produce reports, case studies and data visualisation for monitoring and evaluation as well as for supporting our policy engagement practice from an evidence-informed standpoint.