Global evidence. Local decisions.
The JBI gLocal Solution Room is a free event held across the world in August and September 2020 to help health professionals find solutions to the challenges they face in getting evidence into practice. While the scope of this event is global, the focus is very much on providing pragmatic solutions for implementing evidence-based practice in local settings.
What do we mean by 'gLocal'? Glocalisation was popularised by the work of sociologist Roland Robertson, as he traces its roots from a Japanese business term, 'dochu-kuka', which emphasises a global outlook adapted to local conditions. Glocalisation stresses the idea of contemporary globalisation influencing the local level of society and the localisation of globality.
What does glocalisation have to do with evidence-based healthcare? The generation, synthesis, transfer and implementation of evidence are simultaneously global and local. For over 20 years JBI has been working to improve health outcomes in communities around the world by promoting and supporting the use of the best available evidence to inform decisions made at the point of care.
JBI recognises that healthcare is complex; that there is no single, linear approach that will work every time to move research evidence into policy and practice. Evidence will not always be feasible, or appropriate, or meaningful or even effective in a given context. We understand that the challenges in building an evidence base, and capacity to implement evidence, are diverse and vary between countries, regions and cultures. The differences in economics, clinical expertise, health policy, health systems and resources often require strategies and solutions that are unique and specific to their local context.
JBI therefore encourages the sharing and localising of knowledge, and we work to support and engage with health professionals, scientists, academics and policymakers to take steps together to make a world of difference to health outcomes globally.