Launch of Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide

14 September 2017

The Alliance is pleased to announce that a new publication titled, Rapid Reviews to Strengthen Health Policy and Systems: A Practical Guide was released today, 14 September 2017, at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town.

Policy-makers require valid evidence to support time-sensitive decisions regarding the coverage, quality, efficiency and equity of health systems. Rapid reviews offer an efficient approach to generating the necessary context-sensitive knowledge needed to inform decisions on health systems questions. However, there is a lack of guidance on “when” and “how” to conduct rapid reviews within the context of health policy-making and health systems strengthening.

“This practical guide explores different approaches and methods for the expedited synthesis of health policy and systems research, and provides guidance on how to plan, conduct, and promote the use of rapid reviews, while highlighting key challenges including their application in low- and middle-income countries,” explains Dr Etienne V. Langlois who leads the Alliance’s work on evidence synthesis.

The Guide was launched at the Global Evidence Summit which is being held from 13 to 16 September 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Direct access to the Guide

What others are saying about it

“There is no better time than now, for producers of research evidence to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills to respond to the urgent needs of the policy-making world for evidence, and what better way than have a one-stop resource like the Rapid Review Guide.” Dr. Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Public Health Physician, Research Scientist, and Health Policy Analyst, Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Uganda.

“The daily challenges of making sense of the complexity in modern day health care systems, calls on policy-makers to make a range of informed decisions to strengthen the systems they function in. This resource will be an essential part of a practical toolkit for policy-makers to function more effectively.” Dr Keith Cloete, Chief of Operations, Western Cape Government, Health Department, South Africa.

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