As the first-ever global-level strategy on HPSR, this document represents a unique milestone in the evolution of health policy and systems research. It has three broad aims. First, it seeks to unify the worlds of research and decision-making and connect the various disciplines of research that generate knowledge to inform and strengthen health systems. It is targeted at decision-makers at all levels of the health system—from national policy-makers to front line providers of health services, and seeks support to make HPSR increasingly demand-driven and responsive to the needs of 21st century health systems.
Second, this strategy contributes to a broader understanding of the field of HPSR by clarifying the scope and role of HPSR. It provides insight into the dynamic processes through which HPSR evidence is generated and used in decision-making.
Finally, it is hoped that this strategy will serve as an agent for change. It advocates for a paradigm that emphasizes the need for close collaboration between researchers and decision-makers rather than work along parallel pathways. The strategy speaks to decision-makers and researchers as part of one community and proposes actions that both can take in order to strengthen the performance of health systems. It calls for a more prominent role for HPSR at a time when the health systems mandate is evolving towards broader goals of universal health coverage and equity.
World Health Organization. Changing Mindsets - Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2012) 48 pp. ISBN 978 92 4 150440 9