First World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research

Tracing the evolution of health policy and systems research over 20 years (1996-2016)

Professor David Peters
Professor David Peters presenting the World Report on HPSR

Stockholm: 25 April 2017 – The first-ever, World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research, was launched today at a special meeting, organized to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Alliance. The meeting was co-hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

The World Report

“This World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) reflects the importance of monitoring and measuring developments in the field. It provides evidence that allows national policy-makers and funders to see how their investments contribute to the generation and use of policy-relevant knowledge,” says, Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, for Health Systems and Innovation.

Historically, biomedical and clinical research dominated the health arena. There was little focus on systems and policy research. Over the past 20 years, more stakeholders have recognized the potential of this research to enhance the performance of health systems. From 1990 to 2015, there has been a five-fold surge in the number of HPSR publications produced annually. Increasingly, these are being generated by authors in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs).

The report describes the evolution of the field and provides figures on the number of publications produced, funding trends and institutional capacity in LMICs to conduct HPSR. It provides insight into how the multidisciplinary and systems approach used in HPSR can help countries advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda.