2018 Annual Report - Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

5 April 2018 | The Alliance's 2018 Annual Report outlines our activities over the previous year. Organized around our over-arching objectives, it profiles how we bring people together, we empower leaders, we generate knowledge and we influence policy around the world. For the first time, our annual report is available both as a PDF and in an interactive online format.

Watch our webinar on HPSR priorities for social protection and health

21 November 2018 | We recently convened the webinar, 'Social protection for health: What are the health policy and systems research priorities?'. Previous work on social protection for health has focused on cash transfers, and while they have a role to play, there are a number of different approaches to social protection for health, especially within the context of achieving the SDGs. Given this rich field of study, we need to identify research priorities that go beyond cash transfers. What are the current research priorities identified by researchers, and how do those differ with priorities identified by policymakers?

Catch up on our webinar on multisectoral collaboration for the SDGs

13 November 2018 | We held the first webinar in our series on defining research priorities on 20 November: 'Multisectoral collaboration for health: what are the priorities?'. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are inextricably linked to each other and meeting these goals will require collaboration across sectors. Collaboration within the health sector itself can be a challenge and working with other sectors perhaps even more so. What, therefore, are the research priorities when it comes to multisectoral collaboration for health? What are the key priorities for policymakers in particular? Which key gaps have been highlighted by researchers in the field?

Join the Alliance at #HSR2018

25 September 2018 | From 8-12 October, the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Policy and Systems Research will take place in Liverpool, UK. The Symposium will see more than 2000 researchers, policymakers, practitioners and media representatives gather from across the globe. It promises to be a busy week, where participants will have the chance to share and discover cutting-edge health policy and systems research. As a co-sponsor of the Symposium, the Alliance has planned a number of events.

Embedded research grants to achieve the SDGs announced in the Americas

10 September 2018 | The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance HPSR) together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, have jointly awarded 13 grants to decision-makers and researchers in 11 countries to examine how to improve health decision-making in the Americas.

Embedded research, an innovative approach

8 June 2018 | Embedding research directly into policy-making processes has the potential to improve health systems and to bring policy-makers, researchers and implementers closer together. That is one reason why the Alliance has funded a number of projects using the approach. We recently held an event in Geneva with UNICEF to share experiences from embedded research projects focused on improving immunization rates around the world.

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 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 that 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.

News and events

  • 10 December 2018

    A health policy analysis reader: The politics of policy change in low- and middle-income countries

    The Alliance recently launched an online version of its new book, 'A health policy analysis reader: The politics of policy change in low- and middle-income countries'. It illuminates the range of health policy analysis studies that have been conducted in LMICs, highlights relevant theory, and points to new directions for such work.

  • 8 November 2018

    The Alliance is supporting a special issue of Globalization and Health entitled, 'Health in the SDGs: Intersectoral Action for Health'. This article collection will showcases multisectoral approaches to achieving the health and well-being related goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 8 October 2018

    Today we're launching a new methods guide: 'Evidence synthesis for health policy and systems'. This guide introduces key challenges in synthesizing HPSR evidence and provides guidance on addressing these issues,

  • 25 July 2018

    This October, the Campbell Collaboration and others will host the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 (GEIS). The summit sill will bring together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice.

  • 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.

  • 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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