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NITI Aayog, Health Policy Experts call for better leveraging of research and data to firm up policy priorities
- March 19, 2019
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A panel discussion on ‘Leveraging Big Data to Inform Research and Improve Public Health Policy’ was organised by NCAER, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Health Strategies in New Delhi yesterday. The discussion was held amid growing realization about the importance of using clinical, survey and administrative data for developing public health policies and shaping national health agendas.
The discussion, opened by Dr. Suneeta Krishnan, Country Lead, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation, Gates Foundation, began with key note addresses by Dr. Maurício Barreto, Executive Director, CIDACS, The Center for Data Integration and Knowledge for Health, Brazil andDr. Anurag Agrawal, Director CSIR Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology who dwelt on the experiences of Brazil and India in the field of big data and its contributions to health policy reform.
Subsequently, leaders in the fields of public health research and policy discussed opportunities for multi sectoral collaborations and the need for building capacities for leveraging big data analysis. Panelists deliberated on the drivers of evidence use in public policy formulation in India. They underscored the importance of using research and administrative data analysis to identify policy priorities and suggest targeted use of available resources for improving health outcomes.
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