Learning through Health Policy Analysis - Fellowship program 2017-2018

HPA fellows and mentors, Cape Town, South Africa, December 2017

4 April 2018 | Health policy analysis seeks to understand and explain the policy process recognizing the primacy of socio-political and economic forces in influencing policy outcomes. To do so, it analyses the role of factors such as institutions, interests, ideas, and ideologies, and how these interact with each other to influence policy actors and processes. This important area is an understudied one, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In 2017 the Alliance launched a two year program of work to help strengthen capacity to conduct health policy analysis (HPA) in LMICs.

Annual Report 2017: leading and learning

27 March 2018 | The Alliance is pleased to share its 2017 Annual Report: leading and learning. The 2017 Annual Report features the Alliance programmes, activities, and milestones. It highlights the achievements accomplished throughout the year and describes the ways in which the Alliance contributed to change and influenced policy in 2017, with a special focus on leading and learning about demand-driven research.

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.

News and events

  • 9 April 2018

    Want to take a one week course on health policy analysis? Health Policy and Systems Research? Health information systems? Qualitative research? Apply for winter school at the University of Western Cape (UWC), School of Public Health before this coming 20 April and join the 25 year tradition of short courses by UWC.

  • 28 March 2018

    The Sax Institute's Knowledge Mobilisation Conference 2018 Call for Abstracts is now open. This Conference will be of interest to policy-makers, researchers and practitioners who are interested about knowledge mobilisation and concerned to ensure that knowledge and evidence are the bedrock of public policy.

  • 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.

  • 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" and research brief.

  • 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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