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Strategy

IHSR has identified two key objectives to propel the institute in achieving its vision and mission, namely to;

  • Develop and retain subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Advocate the use of evidence in the development, recommendation and implementation of new policies

Develop and retain subject matter experts (SMEs)

In-line with IHSR’s vision and mission, one of the main objectives is to produce subject matter experts (SMEs). Screening of potential candidates will take place and training needs will be assessed. Training opportunities relevant to the different SME areas will be provided. Guidance and coaching from experts is also essential in developing individuals in their field, ensuring that there a mechanism for transfer of knowledge.

The most relevant SME areas identified encompass the central elements of HPSR which are :

  1. Health services
  2. Comparative healthcare systems
  3. Health economics
  4. Health information and technology
  5. Healthcare programme monitoring & evaluation (M&E)
  6. Healthcare quality
  7. Politics of health policy

Other supporting areas that are important to ensure seamless and fluent conduct of research activities at the institute are identified as:

  1. Strategic management
  2. Research management

IHSR, as a WHO collaborating centre (WHOCC) for health systems research (HSR) and quality initiatives (QI), requires its staff be developed accordingly, to ensure that the terms of reference (TOR) as a WHOCC are fulfilled. These SME areas are important as they encompass the central elements of HPSR, which are the health systems, health systems development or strengthening, health policy and health policy analysis. Apart from fulfilling IHSR’s role as a WHOCC in HSR and QI, these SMEs will also help IHSR to provide meaningful input for each step in policy-making.

Advocate the use of evidence in the development, recommendation and implementation of new policies

The use of evidence in the development, recommendation and implementation of new policies, or evidence-based policies, is important as it helps the people to make well-informed decisions about policies, programmes and projects. This process places sound and robust evidence from research at the heart of policy development and implementation. It also makes explicit what is known and what is not known. Evidence is needed at all stages in the policy development to shape agendas, define issues, identify options, make choices of options, deliver the agendas and monitor their impact and outcomes.

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