24 September 2015 | Results from a first-ever study of fund flows for health policy and systems research (HPSR) to low- and-middle income countries was presented by the Alliance at the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) held this year in Manila, Philippines.
4 September 2015 | Using implementation research to understand systems failures that create barriers to implementation was the key issue addressed in the protocol development workshop held 17-21 August in Montreux, Switzerland. The workshop, organized by the Alliance in collaboration with UNICEF with funding from GAVI, follows a call for research launched in February.
17 August 2015 | On 22-23 July, experts met in Geneva to raise key issues in support of
3 August 2015 | On 23-24 July, experts debated key considerations for the ethical review of health policy and systems research. The resulting recommendations will be incorporated into a guidance document for use by ethics review committees and institutional review boards. The guidance document is being developed by the Alliance, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research and the University of Zurich.
Webinar Explores Debates and Issues around Standards of Evidence for Reproductive Health Decision-Making
More than 150 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from over 30 countries participated in a timely webinar entitled, “Standards for Identifying Evidence-based Practices in Reproductive Health”, co-organized by the Evidence Project, STEP UP Consortium, the High Impact Practices (HIP) Initiative, and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
New guidelines are being developed to improve the consistency and reliability of reporting on implementation and operational research. Reviewers are being sought for peer review of these guidelines, which will be published in relevant journals and on the EQUATOR website that helps improve the quality of research publications and the research itself.
The Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship program in implementation research and delivery science (IRDS) for public health Master and Doctoral candidates. The purpose of this fellowship program is to build the capacities required to apply IRDS to the scale up of effective program and policy interventions.
The Alliance-assembled Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis has published a Commentary in Systematic Reviews. The Commentary describes the rationale for the establishment of the Advisory Group, its six areas work, and its role in advancing the field of HSR synthesis, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
From 2-4 June, the Alliance, in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), hosted a data analysis workshop in Rosario, Argentina for the Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER) programme. The workshop fostered the production of policy-relevant findings from seven different implementation research projects led by decision-makers in six Latin American countries.