On 30 May 2019, a group of patient-focused organisations and other interested parties attended Health Research Charities Ireland (at the time called the Medical Research Charities Group) ‘Evidence for Advocacy’ seminar. They heard diverse perspectives from experts in research, policy and public relations (PR) and were also presented with case studies from a number of charities sharing refreshingly honest accounts of their experiences. By focusing on advocacy through a research lens, the event highlighted the power of taking an evidence-informed approach to support advocacy campaigns and to guide efforts to improve health.
This practical guide follows on from that seminar and draws on the information presented by the speakers, contributions from the floor, as well as the expertise of the authors and Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI). We are very grateful to all who contributed.