Bridging the worlds of research and policy
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration hosted by the World Health Organization. Since its inception in 1999, the Alliance’s goal has been to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to improve the health systems of low- and middle-income countries. Through its work with more than 350 partners around the world, the Alliance aims to make progress towards this goal through three objectives:
- stimulating the generation and synthesis of policy-relevant health systems knowledge;
- promoting the dissemination and use of health policy and systems knowledge; and
- strengthening capacity for the generation, dissemination and use of health policy and systems research knowledge among researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
What is Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR)?
Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an emerging field that seeks to understand and improve how societies organize themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes. By nature, it is inter-disciplinary, a blend of economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health and epidemiology that together draw a comprehensive picture of how health systems respond and adapt to health policies, and how health policies can shape − and be shaped by − health systems and the broader determinants of health.