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 mission has been to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to strengthen 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 four objectives:
- Providing a unique forum for the health policy and systems research community;
- supporting institutional capacity for the conduct and uptake of health policy and systems research;
- stimulating the generation of knowledge and innovations to nurture learning and resilience in health systems; and
- increasing the demand for and use of knowledge for strengthening health systems.
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.