31 March 2016 | The new Strategic Plan was developed by members of the Alliance Board, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and Secretariat, with input from stakeholders worldwide. The plan details the Alliance’s ambitions for the next years, with objectives that build on serious analysis of its achievements to date and of where it can hope to make a difference in regard to the needs of today’s world.
31 March 2016 | The 2015 Annual Report uses detailed examples of the Alliance’s work to provide an overview of approaches and accomplishments over the past year, including references to guidelines and methods developed.
4 February 2016 | The Alliance is pleased to announce that Professor David Peters, chair of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has taken over from John-Arne Røttingen as the new chair of its Board.
6 January 2016 | The Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems Research has launched an interactive HPSR training database. The database features course information including instructional language, location, and education levels for each training plus syllabi, competencies and learning materials that are all searchable.
Implementation Research Programme - Strengthening and scaling up India's Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committees
The Alliance has, since 2013, supported the Strengthening Village Health Committees for Intensified Community Engagement at Scale in Two States of India ( VOICES study). This study seeks to strengthen community participation in public health issues at the village level by analysing existent gaps and developing feasible mechanisms to enable this by working with relevant stakeholders within the system. A policy-maker associated with the project reflects on the project’s experiences.
This editorial introduces the Alliance supported thematic series Medicines in health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use, published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. The series brings together, in the form of peer-reviewed publications, case studies that served as the background for the Alliance’s Flagship Report “Medicines in Health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use” which was launched in 2014.
Call for peer-reviewed articles for inclusion in a publication entitled: Evidence Synthesis for Health Policy & Systems: A Methods Reader
The Alliance aims to identify relevant peer-reviewed scientific articles pertaining to evidence synthesis in the field of health policy and systems research to inform the development of the following publication: Evidence Synthesis for Health Policy and Systems: A Methods Reader.
Launch of a new Secretariat at the American University of Beirut for the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative
The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) brings together a number of worldwide research organizations that are committed to the development and use of research synthesis to enhance public policy, public service delivery and citizens’ involvement. Following a competitive process, the GESI Consortium selected the Center for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK) at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) to host the General Secretariat for the GESI
The KEYSTONE India initiative has released a set of open access health policy and systems research teaching and learning resources. The resources include 38 videos and 32 slide presentations organized across 13 modules and cover a range of foundational concepts, common approaches used in HPSR, and guidance for preparing a research plan.