Voices of Policy-makers

15 March 2018 | Read what policy-makers have to say about their experiences using implementation and embedded research, working with researchers, and using evidence to inform decision-making.
This story is the first of a quarterly series. Look for the next featured story in June.

Primary Health Care Systems (PRIMASYS) -
New case studies available

WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

5 March 2018 | Far too many health systems fall short of providing accessible, quality, comprehensive, and integrated care. Understanding the knowledge gap related to key information on primary health care (PHC) systems at national and sub-national levels in LMICs, is critical to improve health programme implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency. The Alliance-led PHC Systems project (PRIMASYS) produced 20 case studies focused on PHC systems in selected LMICs. PRIMASYS case studies cover key aspects of PHC systems, including policy development and implementation, financing, integration of PHC into comprehensive health systems, scope, quality, and coverage of care, governance and organization, and monitoring and evaluation of system performance.

Launch of new series published to support the use of qualitative research in decision-making

26 January 2018 | Qualitative research aims to explore people’s needs, values, perceptions and experiences of the world around them, including of health, illness, healthcare services, and more broadly of social systems and their policies and processes. Qualitative evidence is therefore very important for improving understanding on how, and whether, people perceive health interventions to be effective and acceptable – or more fundamentally, whether they work. Qualitative evidence is also fundamental to understand the factors influencing the implementation of health policies and interventions.

Alliance Secretariat

Dr Kabir Sheikh, Policy Advisor, Alliance HPSR
Dr Kabir Sheikh, Policy Advisor, Alliance HPSR

15 January 2018 | The Alliance Secretariat welcomes Dr Kabir Sheikh who joins the team as Policy Advisor. Dr Sheikh has been a researcher, educator, planner and practitioner in a career of 17 years spanning Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, focusing particularly on strengthening health governance for social equity, and institutionalizing research use for policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was Joint Director for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India, where he designed and helped establish the National Knowledge Platform – the Government of India’s first indigenously funded HPSR and knowledge translation platform, and advised the Indian Council of Medical Research on establishing India’s first national Health Technology Assessment platform. Dr Sheikh has been engaged in numerous global initiatives to promote health policy and systems research, including as Board Chair of Health Systems Global.

Alliance at the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017

Panellists, Embedding Health Systems Research within Health Systems to achieve UHC, UHC Forum, Tokyo

21 December 2017 | The Alliance’s role as a pioneer in developing and advocating for new approaches to generate and use evidence for health systems strengthening was highlighted through two panel discussions organized in collaboration with Health Systems Global at the Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 to 15 December 2017.

Implementation research: From silos to synergy – an emerging story from Pakistan

UNICEF/Pakistan/Asad Zaidi

7 December 2017 | An implementation research initiative of the Alliance HPSR, the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization, UNICEF and Health Services Academy, Islamabad demonstrates effective synergy between implementers and researchers. The initiative aims to assess health systems bottlenecks in Pakistan’s Expanded Program for Immunization programme. Faraz Khalid shares reflections from the research teams at ten different implementation research projects across the four provinces in Pakistan. “Different from the usual experience of working in silos… the teams seemed to be surprisingly pleased with the support they were receiving from their partners – the implementers (policy-makers, managers and frontline workers) of the Expanded Program for Immunization in Pakistan.”

News and events

  • 21 March 2018

    A new Master’s Programme (MPH/MPhil) in Health Systems Research and Management was developed jointly by the Kwame Nkrumah University School of Public Health, Ghana and the Department of Health Care Management at TU Berlin, Germany.

  • 5 March 2018

    The Alliance invites you to the following webinar: "Using Embedded Research to strengthen National Health Systems: Learning from Ghana and Ethiopia" on 16 March 2018, 16:00 CET. Access the webinar and select "Join". Meeting number is 840 385 704.

  • 13 February 2018

    The Alliance is pleased to share its new published article: "Engaging policy-makers, heath system managers, and policy analysts in the knowledge synthesis process"

  • 6 February 2018

    The Alliance is seeking nominations for Board as well as STAC members. Interested candidates should send an email to alliancehpsr.
    Closing date: 15 March 2018

  • 23 January 2018

    The publication of the supplement Implementation science as an essential driver for sustainable health systems strengthening interventions: Lessons learned across the five country African Health Initiative is now released. The supplement was funded by the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and edited by Lola Adedokun, Lisa Hirschhorn and Abdul Ghaffar.

  • 7 January 2018

    The Alliance is pleased to announce that the Health Research Policy and Systems Supplement on Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research is now out. The Supplement was edited by Ligia Paina, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Abdul Ghaffar, and Sara Bennett.

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