Building capacity to generate evidence in HRH action oriented research

Parallel Session 15

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 15:30-17:00

In countries undergoing HRH crisis, many decisions about health workers have been made based on limited knowledge and information, as well as an incomplete understanding of the health workforce. This session will discuss strategies to build capacity within these crisis countries and generate the necessary evidence to fill the knowledge gaps in the context of 'action-oriented' research.

The second component of the AGA (Agenda for Global Action) is "ensuring capacity for an informed response based on evidence and joint learning". To ensure the development and attainment of such capacity, reliable indicators, accurate health information and also the capacity to develop and implement HRH policies are needed in the context of health systems strengthening (Parallel Session 5).

The capacity for an informed response must be based on experience and joint learning gained through the rigorous evaluation of implementation of programmes and policies. It should also be based on the generation of relevant evidence through action-oriented research in HRH and using such evidence to guide the development of policies and systems innovations.

The generation of such evidence requires building the appropriate capacity to address knowledge gaps in the field. This session will discuss strategies to build capacity within the HRH crisis countries and generate the necessary evidence to fill the knowledge gaps in the context of 'action-oriented' research. It will naturally link with the next step to strengthen the links between research and policy, the focus of Parallel session 5.

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