This panel is focused on theoretical and practical contributions in building connections between evidence based research and policy for more effective policy decisions. EFB Community Network is bringing together researchers and decision makers from throughout the region offering them a unique opportunity to network among hundred colleagues, learn from each other and create a foundation for future joint projects. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences about the effectiveness of this link between researchers and policy makers in the WB and Europe. Evidence based research should inform policy and policy makers should contribute to understanding how the policy process works so the research could have a meaningful impact. In order to achieve those goals EFB Community Conference is opening a channel of communication with our respective speakers, participants and entire EFB online community, which should help create ideas for working more closely together!