Leveraging Global, Regional and Local Evidence for Evidence-based Policy Making in India

Evidence Matters

TUESDAY, 11 JULY 2017 | 9:30 AM TO 2:30 PM

VENUE: Tamarind Hall, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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The Campbell Collaboration and the Cochrane Collaboration are global organisations that use standards and guidelines for conducting and reporting high-quality evidence in the form of systematic reviews. These organisations have had a presence in India for some time, with Campbell based in New Delhi, and Cochrane South Asia based at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Each is committed to supporting sound, policy-relevant research through evidence generation across social sciences, clinical, medical, and public health topics. Together they are convening a half-day event along with Department of Health Research, Government of India.

The goal of the event is to discuss the evidence generation process conducted by these two organisations, the use of such evidence for policy decision making in India, and the role of evidence to support policy debates and decisions in India, and for creating a culture of ‘evidence-based policy’ in addressing the various social, medical and public health challenges.

Agenda     Download PDF here

09:30 – 10:00


Welcome and Introduction

Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia







Chief Guest Speaker – The use of evidence for making public policy decisions

Prof. R R Singh, Former Head-Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), and Former Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

10:30 -11:00


Keynote Speaker – The value of evidence on governance to improve service delivery: the experience of the Government of India

Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Director, IIHMR Delhi (Previously Executive Director, NHSRC, Government of India)



Tea break



Generating evidence: Reviewing the scope and use of recent studies on India

Roundtable Discussion with Q&A

In this panel, Campbell, Cochrane, and DHR will discuss some recent systematic findings on social programmes, clinical guidelines and public health policies with key representatives of government agencies and research institutions


·         Dr Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner, Child Health & Immunization, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

·         Dr H P S Sachdeva, Senior Consultant Paediatrics and Clinical Epidemiologist, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital

·         Dr. Meenu Singh, Prof Incharge, ICMR Advanced Center for Evidence based Child Health; Site Director, Cochrane South Asia

·         Mr V K Gauba, Joint Secretary, Department of Health Research, In-charge, Medical Technology Assessment Board (MTAB)

Chair: Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

Co-Chair: Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia



Evidence to Policy: Debating the evidence of deworming in the context of India

Roundtable Discussion with Q&A

In this panel, the evidence from Campbell and Cochrane systematic reviews will be used as basis for discussion amidst the Government of India’s National Deworming Day initiation, and in addition, get insights from funding organisations supporting deworming programs in the Indian context.


Dr Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

Dr Prathap Tharyan, Head, Cochrane South Asia

Dr Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner, Child Health & Immunization

Dr. Somashekhar Nimbalkar, Head-Department of Paediatrics, Karamsad Medical College, Gujarat

Ms Esha Kalra, Sr. National Program Manager, Evidence Action


Moderator: Prof. Prajapati Trivedi, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Indian School of Business



Closing Remarks: Dr Howard White, Dr Prathap Tharyan, Dr Ajay Khera, Mr. V K Gauba





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