|Title||Building the Field of Health Policy and Systems Research: An Agenda for Action|
|Authors||Bennett, S., Agyepong, I., Sheikh,K., Hanson, K., Ssengooba, F., Gilson, L.|
|Journal Name (if applicable)||PLoS Medicine|
|Open Access Y/N||Yes|
|Hard copy PDF Available Y/N||Yes|
- There is an urgent need to build the Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) field and in particular to develop understanding across different disciplinary boundaries.
- The development of HPSR is impeded by a cluster of related issues, namely (i) a heavy reliance on international funding for HPSR, (ii) an excessive focus on the direct utility of HPSR indings from specific studies, and (iii) a tendency to under-value contributions to HPSR from social sciences.
- Innovations in funding HPSR are needed so that local actors, including policy-makers, civil society, and researchers, have a greater say in determining the nature of HPSR conducted.
- Strategic investment should be made in promoting a greater shared understanding of theoretical frames and methodological approaches for HPSR including, for example, the development of HPSR journals, methodological workshops, and shared HPSR teaching curricula.
- Dedicated and supportive homes for HPSR need to be found within universities, and also be developed as independent research institutes.