Heightening Institutional Capacity for Government use of Health Research
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.
Rose N. Oronje, Ph.D.Director, Public Policy & CommunicationsRead More
To achieve its main goal of building institutional capacity for evidence-informed decision-making, the project’s interventions leverage and build on existing relationships and collaborations among consortium partners, and the efforts and mechanisms in the three countries to further maximise impact.
The project’s interventions are guided by its five main objectives (in bold):
Strengthen the existing structures to institutionalise the mechanisms for evidence synthesis and use in the health sector by enhancing the functioning of technical working groups (TWGs) to focus on evidence; build the capacity of Ministry of Health (MoH) staff in commissioning research and evidence reviews; and support the revival and/or creation of mechanisms and tools for evidence synthesis and application
Institutionalise mechanisms needed to enable regular interaction between researchers and health sector decision-makers by enabling sustained interactions in the formulation and implementation of health policies and strategies, and piloting innovative sessions at existing annual conferences that discuss evidence on priority health sector issues with policymakers
Institutionalise evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) training in existing training programmes for health professionals and other civil servants by working with training institutions to introduce EIDM training modules in existing pre-service and in-service training programmes
Embed EIDM incentives and innovations into MoH systems and structures by incorporating EIDM requirements, tools and practices in existing routine processes and procedures (including performance contracts where they exist) within the MoH
Monitor, evaluate and learn from interventions to provide evidence on what works in strengthening institutional capacity for EIDM