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domains of the Policy Process;

First, by some estimates up to partially by asking questions to which policy makers neither need nor want answers. The users of policy research—such as ministries of health, insurance providers, and legislators—should drive the development of policy-relevant research questions.

Second, most governments in LMICs do not have the available resources or systems to fund high-quality health policy research. International donors and research institutions should, therefore, incorporate population-level health policy evaluations into existing and future programming to ensure studies answer country-specific questions and address contextual issues. For those countries that do fund research efforts, such as the Philippines, strengthening local research institutions to collect and analyze data could improve uptake and use of policy-relevant research.

Third, even with new data sources and tools for evaluating health policy in LMICs, translating research into practice requires consideration of who should receive the information, the power dynamics between actors, who should deliver results, and the potential mechanisms to transfer information. Achieving UHC will require strong knowledge translation efforts that engage the skills, talents, and expertise of local actors.