Knowledge dissemination is essential to democratization of society. In this matter, it is important that the researchers act to, more than serve as trustworthy and relevant sources of information, broad the dialog with the public. In the health field, researchers, professionals and managers must exchange knowledge between them and also with society at large if they want to improve health for all. In 2008, the Brazilian Science, Technology, and Innovation Department [Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação do Brasil] launched the programme of National Institutes of Science and Technology, with the purpose of closing ties between knowledge production and utilization in several scientific fields. As part of this programme, the National Institute of Science, Innovation and Technology in Health (Citecs) was founded in 2009. One of its objectives is to promote knowledge dissemination and transfer of health technology for society. The present study investigates the Citecs’ experience related to this objective, trying to help in the comprehension of the complex process of disclosure of the scientific knowledge for society. Thus, this study is intended to evaluate the Citecs’ scientific knowledge dissemination strategies, characterizing the actions performed and to investigate the opinion of Citecs´ scientists about science dissemination and about their interaction with science communicators.

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Evaluation of dissemination strategies of the National Institute of Science
Innovation and technology in health

Marcelle de Oliveira Cardoso   Instituto de Saúde Coletiva – UFBA

Luis Eugenio Portela Fernandes de Souza   Instituto de Saúde Coletiva – UFBA

Chandra Lima Maciel   Instituto de Saúde Coletiva – UFBA

Mariana Adeodato Alves de Souza   Instituto de Saúde Coletiva – UFBA

Knowledge dissemination is essential to democratization of society. In this matter, it is important that the researchers act to, more than serve as trustworthy and relevant sources of information, broad the dialog with the public. In the health field, researchers, professionals and managers must exchange knowledge between them and also with society at large if they want to improve health for all. In 2008, the Brazilian Science, Technology, and Innovation Department [Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação do Brasil] launched the programme of National Institutes of Science and Technology, with the purpose of closing ties between knowledge production and utilization in several scientific fields. As part of this programme, the National Institute of Science, Innovation and Technology in Health (Citecs) was founded in 2009. One of its objectives is to promote knowledge dissemination and transfer of health technology for society. The present study investigates the Citecs’ experience related to this objective, trying to help in the comprehension of the complex process of disclosure of the scientific knowledge for society. Thus, this study is intended to evaluate the Citecs’ scientific knowledge dissemination strategies, characterizing the actions performed and to investigate the opinion of Citecs´ scientists about science dissemination and about their interaction with science communicators.

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