The HIGH-Res project is a collaborative programme that aims to strengthen institutional capacity for the use of health research in policy and programme decisions in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. This is achieved through the design, implementation and continuous evaluation of innovative and politically responsive interventions within the Ministries of Health (MoHs) in the three countries.
The HIGH-Res project received financial support from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (the Alliance) at the World Health Organisation, and Wellcome Trust.
Evidence plays a crucial role in improving the quality of policy, programme and practice decisions that contribute to improved development effectiveness. However, the decision-making process is often complex, and thus evidence has to compete with many other factors, including the varied interests of policymakers, politics, value systems, technical and institutional capacities, and financial constraints.
The Heightening institutional capacity for government use of health research (HIGH-Res) in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda project brings together various partners under the HIGH-Res East Africa Consortium to design, implement and evaluate innovative and politically responsive interventions to strengthen institutional capacity for use of health research in policymaking in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. The proposed interventions will leverage and build on existing relationships and collaborations among consortium partners, efforts and mechanisms in the three countries to maximize programme impact on building institutional capacity for evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM).
The overall aim of the project is to strengthen existing institutional systems, structures and processes within each country’s MoH, introduce new ones, while integrating individual capacity-building, to enable a sustained culture of evidence-informed decision-making.
The HIGH-Res project received financial support from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (the Alliance) at the World Health Organisation, and Wellcome Trust. The Alliance is able to conduct its work thanks to the commitment and support from a variety of funders. These include its long-term core contributors from national governments and international institutions, as well as designated funding for specific projects within its current priorities. For the full list of Alliance donors, please visit: https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/partners/en/