There are a number of factors that inhibit the translation and use of research evidence. Currently there is wide separation between teams that undertake health research, those making decisions on health priorities and policies, and those who are delivering healthcare, particularly in resource-limited settings.

Research considered “successful” typically concludes with the publishing of papers. Less attention is paid to how, and indeed if, those findings are made visible and accessible to those tasked with decision-making. Further, those working in delivering health care are often not aware of new interventions and have no means to determine if they would bring benefit to their community. Health researchers, decision-makers and implementers need to work together better to ensure that research evidence can be taken up into policy and practice at all levels. 

ARCH aims to bring together researchers, implementors and policymakers to address these gaps in research uptake to both conduct research to better understand this landscape, and to develop mechanisms to bridge these gaps.

In doing so, ARCH aims to:

  • Foster a global, multi-disciplinary community of practice, bringing together research, development and policy-experts to share best practice and exchange knowledge and skills. 
  • Understand barriers and opportunities in order to develop and deliver the tools, resources and training needed to research uptake.

ARCH is co-funded by Wellcome Trust and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the National Institute for Research (NIHR) using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding. Grant reference number 221410/Z/20/Z