From left, Director General of the Ministry of Public Health Walid Ammar, former Minister Charbel Nahhas and former Minister Tarek Mitri attend the launching of K2P at AUB in Beirut, Thursday, March 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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For Lebanon's policymakers and media outlets, a new center aims to help channel scientific evidence and understanding toward the benefit of the Lebanese public. The Knowledge to Policy Center (K2P), based within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, officially launched Thursday. K2P aims to couple evidence from scientific studies with context-specific expertise.Products include: policy briefs, media bites and evidence summaries, all designed to translate evidence into an easily digestible format for policymakers and those working in media. While such information may not reach the pages of a published scientific article, Jardali said that tapping into tacit knowledge is just as essential for informed policymaking, which is why K2P aims to leverage information from both scientific studies and context-specific expertise to improve decision-making in Lebanon.Among its services, the K2P center will offer issue-specific reports to provide the media with quick access to evidence, but Jardali explained that he also plans to hold capacity-building sessions to train journalists to better report health and science stories.Jardali said that be believes the low reliance on evidence in local health reporting runs contrary to the media's obligation to educate the public on issues that could drastically impact decision making.
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