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Table 2 Chronology of key events in the development of the National Knowledge Platform

From: Developing the National Knowledge Platform in India: a policy and institutional analysis

Event Date and location Policy outcomes
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launches April 2005 Inclusion of budget for external monitoring and evaluation of NRHM
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research Nodal Institute is initiated at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) May 2012 PHFI facilitated development of NKP in their capacity as Nodal Institute
Release of ‘Changing Mindsets’ by World Health Organization (WHO) at the Beijing symposium November 1, 2012, Beijing Release of WHO’s strategy on health systems researchers that included embedding research within decision-making
Meeting of Indian health systems researchers at the Beijing symposium November 2, 2012, Beijing Increasing agreement on need for further engagement between researchers and policy-makers
Consultation on promoting health systems and implementation research in India April 5, 2013, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), New Delhi Announcement by MoHFW of interest and financial support to embed health systems research in MoHFW
Expert consultations on embedding research into decision-making processes (convened by the Alliance) May 8–9, 2013, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Involvement of senior leaders from India in expert discussions on embedding research into decision-making in low- and middle-income countries
Embedding research into health decision-making in India August 14, 2013, MoHFW New Delhi Decision to initiate unit within MoHFW Commitment of funds from NRHM
Submission of the National Knowledge Platform (NKP) proposal to MoHFW January 2014 File for NKP proposal initiated within MoHFW
Health Secretary transferred from MoHFW; new Health Secretary appointed February 2014 Slowdown in communication from MoHFW regarding NKP status
Change of leadership at National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC); temporary Executive Director appointed March 2014 File sent to NHSRC or ICMR by MoHFW for comments
National elections – change in government from United Progressive Alliance to National Democratic Alliance May 2014  
New Permanent Executive Director of NHSRC appointed May 2014 Emergence of NHSRC as potential base for Secretariat
Health Secretary transferred; new Health Secretary appointed February 2015  
Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) retires March 2015  
New Director General ICMR appointed August 2015 Emergence of ICMR as potential base for Secretariat
MoHFW issues Government Order formalising the establishment of the NKP August 2016 NHSRC formally proposed as Secretariat; PHFI formally proposed as convener of Scientific Advisory Committee
  1. ICMR Indian Council of Medical Research, MoHFW Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NRHM National Rural Health Mission, NHSRC National Health Systems Resource Centre, NKP National Knowledge Platform, PHFI Public Health Foundation of India