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Workshop: Evidence based advocacy

Discover the power of evidence to influence policy and drive change

Date: Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Time: 11 am to 12.30 pm BST

Occupancy: 60 spaces

This workshop will explore how to employ the latest data and evidence most effectively in advocating for eye health through presentations and small group discussions. Featuring Vision Atlas, which is powered by the Vision Loss Expert Group and its key contributor, Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, the workshop will explore the new and emerging evidence related to the burden of vision loss, achieving universal health coverage, integrated people centred eye care and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In addition, the session will also present evidence in the context of policy analysis with healthy vision scorecard from Global Coalition on Aging and case studies of successful evidence based advocacy on eyecare from World Council Of Optometry. The workshop will explore a range of global, professional and local evidence sources, and consider what to do when there is minimal evidence. The workshop will encourage discussion between key audiences such as policy makers, advocates, clinicians, research producers, research brokers, and communications professionals.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand evidence and the variety of sources that can be used for evidence
  2. Consider how to tailor evidence for audience and purpose
  3. Identify the impact evidence can have in advocacy
  4. Discuss the advantages of using evidence in advocacy
  5. Use key sources of evidence showcased through the session


As places for the workshop are limited, you are required to RSVP to the email invite from us to confirm your space. Please note that spaces are allotted on first come first serve basis and joining instructions will be sent to you following receipt of RSVP as a separate email in advance of the workshop.


Matthew Burton

Matthew Burton

Director, International Centre for Eye Health

Professor Matthew Burton is the Director of the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship and an honorary consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is the co-chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health. Matthew leads a large international research group of clinicians and scientists, working to improve eye health in low- and middle-income countries. His research work spans ocular infection, technology for eye care and health systems. He previously worked as an ophthalmologist in The Gambia and Tanzania for several years.

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