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Table 2 Developmental context – a key consideration for evidence-policy.

From: Exploring evidence-policy linkages in health research plans: A case study from six countries

Cognizance of the complex developmental context within which policy making occurs is crucial to strengthening the evidence-policy interface. Four inter-related dimensions to these broader dynamics can be postulated: poverty; vulnerabilities; capabilities; and health shocks.
Poverty has many manifestations and is not just financially focused – each of these manifestations has a specific relevance to the evidence-policy interface.
Vulnerability, a result of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, requires detailed analysis in order to understand and adapt pathways from evidence to policy.
Capabilities, both at individual and community level, influence the likelihood of pro-poor health systems based on the evidence base.
• Understanding the devastating effects of health shocks on poor individuals and communities is essential if evidence based interventions are to reach the very poor.
Research to elucidate the inter-connections between health shocks and poverty, vulnerability, and capabilities (both at the individual and community levels) may prove critical to strengthening evidence-policy linkages.