Building Capacity to Translate HRH Evidence into Action to Sustain HRH Policy, Decisions and System Strengthening

Parallel Session 8

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 10:30-12:30

Building capacity at the country level to translate HRH evidence into action is absolutely critical to sustain HRH policy, decisions and system strengthening. The HRH field also needs to consolidate lessons learned and promising practices to build this capacity. This session aims to explore ways to build capacity to translate HRH evidence into action.

The second component of the AGA (Agenda for Global Action) is "ensuring capacity for an informed response based on evidence and joint learning".

In order to ensure the development and attainment of such capacity, we need reliable indicators, accurate health information (Parallel Session 4) as well as the capacity to address knowledge gaps and generate relevant evidence through action-oriented research in HRH (Parallel Session 6).

Once more accurate HRH information and reliable research evidence is available, capacity is needed to use such evidence to guide the development of policies, plans, decisions and systems innovations (Parallel Session 5).

Even when information or evidence does become available, many countries have weak health systems – especially HRH systems – that hinder evidence based policy, planning and decision-making. This is largely caused by a lack of HRM capacity and mechanisms to link routinely available or new evidence to inform system strengthening and decision-making.

Three areas of this topic will be explored:

  • How can capacity be strengthened so that HRH information and evidence is considered and used on regular basis to inform policy, decisions, plan implementation and action?
  • How can both state and non-state actors increase their capacity to use evidence to strengthen systems related to workforce planning, production, recruitment, deployment, management and retention?
  • What kinds of country level success stories exist about how knowledge translation (KT) has helped bring HRH evidence into policy and how it stimulated action? For example, what kinds of communication tools were used with policy makers (i.e. policy brief, policy dialogue meetings, etc.)?
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