Accelerate HSS Asia HPSR

To ensure that health policy and systems research institutions (HPSRIs) can more effectively generate evidence and support the translation and use of that evidence locally, it is important to foster collaboration and learning among HPSRIs, policymakers, and training and capacity development initiatives throughout the region. To accomplish this feat, the Accelerator and the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance) organized a six-part co-creation workshop series focused on strengthening the ecosystem for health policy and systems research in Asia. Through this series, various actors co-developed a shared vision of a stronger and enabling HPSR ecosystem characterized by strong demand and use of evidence by policymakers and implementers, greater local investment in HPSR, and anchored by well-capacitated HPSRIs involved in all functions of the evidence to action cycle.

Action groups co-led by HPSRIs and platforms were established to iterate on and refine ideas to enhance partnerships and programming, foster dialogue, and create supporting tools and products to realize the shared vision and enhance the role HPSRIs play in the evidence to action cycle.

In March, participants from the co-creation series came together for an Ideas Marketplace to provide feedback, collaboratively build upon ideas generated by the action groups, and identify cross-group linkages to strengthen the HPSR ecosystem. During the Ideas Marketplace, four action groups pitched five innovative ideas to realize the shared vision, ranging from generating demand for implementation research to mapping and networking of HPSRIs to identifying sources of domestic financing. Here are some of the key highlights.

This blog, linked here, highlights co-created ideas that were pitched at the March Ideas Marketplace.