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Table 5 Key features of different arrangements of Knowledge Translation Platforms (KTPs)

From: Capturing lessons learned from evidence-to-policy initiatives through structured reflection

  Structure Pros Cons Examples
Ministry of Health (MOH) • KTP as a permanent structure within the MOH • Activities and products address priority needs of government • Challenges in managing political pressures in the work of the KTP • EVIPNet Burkina Faso
• EVIPNet Ethiopia
• Policymakers in high MOH positions are seldom available for meetings
• Sudan KTP
• Closer and more permanent relationships with the government
• Restricted network of researchers
• Difficulty engaging lower level policymakers and local leaders
• Integration with MOH structure and function strengthens the sustainability of the KTP
• Researchers are commissioned by the KTP
University/private research institution • KTP located within university/private research institute • Minimal political influence and more independence of KTP work • KTP members not permanently available for KTP work, as they have different jobs • E2P Nigeria
• EVIPNet Central African Republic
• Regional East African Community Health (REACH Uganda)
• E2P Bangladesh
• Difficulty sustaining KTP due to funding and lack of institutionalization
• KTP composed mainly of researchers, policymakers and other members from the MOH and civil society
Non-governmental organization (NGO) • KTP established as an independent NGO • Minimal political influence and more independence of KTP work • Difficulty sustaining KTP due to funding and lack of institutionalization • E2P Argentina
• Zambia Forum
for Health Research
• Researchers commissioned by the KTP
Hospital • KTP located in the hospital • Minimal political influence and more independence of KTP work • KTP members not permanently available for KTP work, as they are recruited by hospital for conducting other tasks • EVIPNet Cameroon
• KTP members paid by hospital and conduct KTP work on part-time basis
   • Sustainability challenges of KTP due to limited funding