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Key Policy Issue #3: How to facilitate the utilization of information for policy development and implementation?

A major challenge is to bring the information to those who can best use it for policy and decision-making purposes, and to ensure that it is properly interpreted and used. Policy decisions are not based only on “evidence”, but valid data can be a critical input. Some countries have shown the way in how to build bridges between data collection and analysis and decision-making. Leaders of change in education can learn much from the experience of organizations such as the Canadian Health Services Foundation, the Health Foundation in England or the Center for Advancing Health in the USA which show that knowledge brokering and exchange can be carried out systematically. Lower income countries may not be able to afford the investments that have been made in Canada, the United Kingdom or the USA, but low-cost actions are feasible; not doing anything to inform decisions costs more.