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Table 3 Key stakeholders involved in the development of the National Knowledge Platform

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

Institution Type of institution Year direct involvement began Role
Department of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Union Government 2013 - Initiated formal discussions around strengthening linkages between policy-makers and health systems research institutes - Sanctioned funds from existing National Rural Health Mission research funding to support a mechanism to strengthen interface between researchers and policy-makers
Public Health Foundation of India Domestic technical and academic body, initiated as a public–private partnership 2013 - Facilitated meetings between MoHFW and health systems research institutes in their role as Nodal Institute for the AHPSR in India - Led proposal development for the NKP following expression of interest from MoHFW for a mechanism to improve interface between researchers and policy-makers - Was initially proposed as secretariat of NKP; in later iterations, retained convenorship of the Scientific Advisory Committee
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research Initiative of multi-lateral agency (WHO), international 2013 - Promoted and facilitated new WHO global strategy on embedding research in decision-making in LMICs - Identified five institutions in LMICs, including PHFI, to serve as Nodal Institutes for health systems research - Facilitated and provided support for policy discussions to develop the NKP from 2013 onwards
National Health Systems Resource Centre Technical support institution under National Health Mission, MoHFW 2013 - Involved in early discussions regarding the need for a knowledge translation platform - Provided informal feedback to PHFI, and formal feedback to MoHFW, on NKP functions and structures in 2013 and 2015 - In early 2015, became proposed secretariat for the platform; role later formalised through Government Order
Indian Council of Medical Research Apex body for biomedical and health research in India, funded by the Union Government of India 2015 - Provided formal feedback to MoHFW on NKP functions and structures in 2014 - In late 2015, was proposed as possible convener for the platform; role later formalised as member of Steering Committee
  1. AHPSR Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, LMICs low- and middle-income countries, MoHFW Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NHSRC National Health Systems Resource Centre, NKP National Knowledge Platform, PHFI Public Health Foundation of India