Digitizing clinical guidelines, Geneva Science Policy Interface

Digitizing Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Childhood Illness in Primary Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

In order to improve the quality of care and optimize medical prescriptions to treat children’s acute illnesses in LMICs, several humanitarian and development organisations and scientific institutions have developed electronic versions of the clinical pathway prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

The creation of these digital tools – taking into account contextualised users’ experience – led to modifications of the clinical pathway content and generated critical learning for further efforts to promote and harmonise the digitisation of clinical guidelines.

These innovative digitalisation processes not only conform to the WHO’s resolution on digital health and the introduction of the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health; but are also in line with global efforts to improve the harmonisation of e-health services and enhance the coordination of global health actors in this arena.

The GSPI, in partnership with the Geneva Health Forum, has initiated a working group. Gathering scientists, NGOs, policy actors and practitioners, the working group conducts comparative assessments of the electronic clinical decision support (eCDS) tools developed and introduced in a number of LMICs, and draws recommendations to harmonise the digitalisation, adaptation and iterative improvement of the IMCI.

Results will be published in a White Paper and discussed in the Geneva Health Forum on 24-26 March 2020.

For more information, please contact Frédérique Guérin at frederique.guerin@unige.ch


A children's rights, evidence-based policy, Geneva Science Policy Interface

Policies for Children’s Rights: Constructing an Evidence-Based Approach

Thirty years after the signing of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights (UNCRC), the fulfilment of children’s rights in virtually every part of the world remain hampered by a series of practical challenges. These challenges are difficult to overcome given the significant gaps in rights-based knowledge production and the lack of mechanisms to translate research findings into policy. Yet, the use of evidence in child rights’ policy making has been recognised to have a positive impact on the improvement of child well-being outcomes.

The human rights approach to evidence-based policy implies a series of practical, ethical and political commitments to have material consequences on children’s lives and become an instrument of good governance and social accountability.

The University of Geneva’s Centre for Children’s Rights Studies and the University of Colorado, Denver have embarked on a research process to elaborate a full operational framework for the production and use of evidence to support the design, implementation and evaluation of effective policies and practices aimed at fulfilling children’s well-being, which are consistent with the implementation of normative children’s rights.

The GSPI supports the initial research team to elaborate a policy engagement strategy with key stakeholders from international organisations, national governments, and scientific institutions. The aim is to generate a dialogue and a collaborative process in support of the development of a relevant, practical tool that can yield concrete changes on practice and behaviours in support of better policies for children.

A workshop was held in Geneva on 28-29 October 2019 to get input on the preliminary version of the framework and to identify locations and partners to pilot its implementation.

For more information, please contact Frédérique Guérin at frederique.guerin@unige.ch


There is no planet b, Geneva Science Policy Interface

At risk: Understanding Contemporary Environmental Civil Society Challenges

Environmental defenders, including civil society organizations as well as individual advocates, have long played a key role in shaping how we understand environmental problems and craft solutions. Yet, the ways and conditions under which these actors work have changed rapidly over the last decade. Today, there is growing public attention to the evolving nature of the field and a call for better protection of environmental defenders in particular. While some cases reach global media, other substantive processes and trends remain largely invisible - even if their effects are significant for environmental civil society action.

A project carried out by the University of Geneva’s Institute for Environmental Governance and Territorial Development seeks precisely to address knowledge gaps related to threats to environmental defenders as a way to better inform policies in this space.

This project, being at the intersection of the environment and human rights, is supported by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Boninchi Foundation and the GSPI.

The GSPI’s support to this project focuses on activities to engage policy actors in the International Geneva ecosystem, both as input to the research and as an engagement strategy to ensure that the process leads to impactful and evidence-based policies. Core research is being undertaken in 2019 and a set of science-policy dialogues are planned in 2020, targeted around milestone political events, including the UN Human Rights Council.

For more information, please contact Nicolas Seidler at nicolas.seidler@unige.ch


Innovative Education Programmes, Geneva Science Policy Interface

Building Evidence around Innovative Education Programmes that Engage Youth on the Move

Youth are taking a more important part in modern migration and refugee flows. They are disproportionately affected by factors which drive migration and grow more susceptible to immediate and long-term risks in displacement and migration flows.

As a result, many international actors, ranging from UNICEF to UNHCR to NGOs, are working on developing and implementing innovative programs engaging youth and, in line with the goals of the Global Compact for Refugees and the Global Compact for Migration, ensuring that they are empowered and self-reliant. This includes initiatives ranging from youth led advocacy to the use of digital technology such as fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) to radio based education systems. While such initiatives have proliferated, however, the community as a whole lacks an evidence base regarding the effectiveness of these programs. This gap, in turn, limits the capacity of innovative programs to scale up and target a broader community.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the evidence base for policy actors, practitioners and researchers around innovative education programs that engage youth on the move and produce a practical participatory, youth-led, research tool that will support the design and delivery of higher quality and more accountable education programs targeting youth on the move.

The GSPI provides support to a consortium of initial partners (InZone Centre (University of Geneva), Meraki Labs, Terre des Hommes, IOM) to conduct initial stakeholders’ engagement and conduct a consultative process to frame the research questions, design the research methodology, and roll out the research methodology in pilot locations.

More information: frederique.guerin@unige.ch