A new society for health systems research will be established at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (Beijing, 31 October – 3 November). The Working Group that has been preparing for the launch of the Society has prepared draft documents about how the Society will operate (you can download these from the yellow box on the right), and other materials are available online at the Symposium’s website.

We are health systems researchers from different settings seeking to encourage interest in and ideas for the Society, to support the Working Group. We ask for your ideas on the questions below, to encourage discussion about the Society in the run up to more formal discussions in the Beijing Symposium. All ideas posted will be available to all those interested in the Society, and will be of particular value to the Working Group currently planning for Beijing.

We would like to ask you for your feedback on 5 questions. Click on one (or more) to get to the specific question’s page and engage in the discussions:

  1. What do you think should be the mission or goal of the new society?
  2. What kind of functions, events or activities do you think the new society should carry out?
  3. Are there specific topics or issues in HSR that you think the society should address?
  4. What kind of governance arrangements do you think would be appropriate for the society, and how best should they be established?
  5. What are your views about how the society could be financed?

Please leave a reply giving your views and also forward this link to your colleagues…..the broader the participation and the greater the input, the better the society will be in the end.

Some of the people who initiated this discussion are:

  • Irene Agyepong
  • Tanvir Ahmed
  • Chris Atim
  • Sara Bennett
  • Gerry Bloom
  • Bona M. Chitah
  • Wim Van Damme
  • Umakant Dash
  • Lucy Gilson
  • Kara Hanson
  • Charles Hongoro
  • Adnan Hyder
  • Zhao Kun
  • Rene Loewenson
  • Tim Martineau
  • Di McIntyre
  • Barbara McPake
  • Sassy Molyneux
  • VR Muraleedharan
  • Obinna Onwujekwe
  • David Peters
  • Krishna Rao
  • Marcela Roman
  • Helen Schneider
  • Pablo Slon Montero
  • Freddie Ssengooba
  • Viroj Tangcharoensathien
  • Göran Tomson
  • Benjamin Uzochukwu
  • Robert van Niekerk
  • Juan Rafael Vargas
  • Yanira Xirinachs-Salazar
  • Kun Zhao

5 Responses to Health Systems Research Society consultation

  1. As one junior researcher my suggestion will be –
    1. HSR Society will help us to enrich our knowledge on how to effectively bridge the gap between theory, research design, analysis with mixed method approach, policy recommendation, assimilation of suggestions, implementation, monitoring, evaluation to increase effectiveness, scaling up and sustainability.
    2. Side by side, as junior members, we should learn to help the society to acquire fund with the help of our senior members (e.g. in writing proposals, contact building with officials etc.) so we can bring tangible outcomes to sustain our society. It can be done through associate hubs. In other words, we should arrange face to face meetings and discussions quarterly / bi-annually / annually in our regional hubs to proceed towards goals. There we should develop work plans and fulfill them before the next meeting. Mean time, we should communicate through teleconference. I hope we should plan how to form the associate hubs and how it will work.

  2. April Harding says:

    What kind of functions, events or activities do you think the new society should carry out?

    Education and knowledge brokering should be the top priorities. Every effort should be made to undertake cheap “knowledge capture” and dissemination activities. For example, academy health (US) already does high quality training on mixed methods health service research – we could help junior researchers access these courses. These courses already have on-line high quality materials – we could/should prioritize finding and pushing existing useful material out to as many people as possible. And prioritize hosting virtual discussions of methods, topics, issues… in this we can, with a small amount of resources, reach and help many researchers.

    Are there specific topics or issues in HSR that you think the society should address?

    Strengthening the quality of research and evaluation of health services strengthening interventions/strategies – most researchers appear to be familiar with only quantitative/ experimental Large-N methods…very few appear to be familiar with rigorous qualitative or mixed methods.

  3. VICTORIA KAJJA says:

    1.What do you think should be the mission or goal of the new society?

    The society should focus on promoting a framework that strengthens evidence based health system research that adresses both international and local priorities, based on the context, in addition to encouraging continous information sharing and learning.

    -Key to this is promoting interaction between researchers and decision makers/policy makers.

    2; What kind of functions, events or activities do you think the new society should carry out?
    -Build and strengthen existing platforms and efforts for exchanging, sharing and disseminating information and best practices at both global and national/local levels
    -Make accessible opportunities for young researchers (i.e mentorship in health system research, access to journals and publications )
    -Capacity building in undertaking health system research, dissemination, publication.

    3: Are there specific topics or issues in HSR that you think the society should address?
    Topics
    -Health system research for evidence based programming
    -Qualitative research in health system research.
    -Monitoring and evaluation
    -Community engagement and participation in Health system research.

    Issues
    -need for more alignment and coherence between international and local health system research agenda to facilitate structured exchange of views.
    -Good governance
    -Engagement and capacity building of young reseachers in Health system research.

    4: What kind of governance arrangements do you think would be appropriate for the society, and how best should they be established?
    A team of persons preferably health system research technocrats elected by consensus and serving for a specified period of time.
    In addition estalishment should be based on accountability and tranparency

    5.What are your views about how the society could be financed?
    -Goverment/state financing
    -Membership fees.(domestic and international)

  4. Miriam Ajuba says:

    1.What do you think should be the mission or goal of the new society?
    Promotion of comprehensive and timely scientific research evidence to continually improve quality of service to all through provision of new advances in health systems to improve population health; advance disease-oriented research and provide fundamental knowledge to reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
    GOALS
    • Advance the field of Health Systems Research by implementing a consensus-based research agenda through the application and development of innovative research methodologies;
    • Provide information on Public Health findings that will lead to an improvement in population health and reducing health inequities;
    • Contribute to better integration of public and population health services especially Primary Health Care.
    • Training of expert Public Health System Researchers.

    2.What kind of functions, events or activities do you think the new society should carry out?
    Pursuit of evidence based research information with extensive collaboration, communication and team building.
    3.Are there specific topics or issues in HSR that you think the society should address?
    Equity-based approach in health care distribution and population health towards universal coverage.
    4.What kind of governance arrangements do you think would be appropriate for the society, and how best should they be established?
    One which would ensure that health care research is conducted based on high scientific and ethical standards.
    5.What are your views about how the society could be financed?
    Membership fees for the general running of the new HSR society and to off-set initial set-up costs. Contributions from other HSR organisations and collaborators can be sought to help build a financial base.

  5. Howard Friedman says:

    1.What do you think should be the mission or goal of the new society?

    The society should be developed as aforum for the sharing of best practices, tools, and latest information about health systems

    2.What kind of functions, events or activities do you think the new society should carry out?

    The focus should be on information sharing. As such, an online communications hub is critical.

    3.Are there specific topics or issues in HSR that you think the society should address?

    Best practices in equality of health service provision

    4.What kind of governance arrangements do you think would be appropriate for the society, and how best should they be established?

    5.What are your views about how the society could be financed?

    Financial requirements should be minimized by emphasizing online information sharing as the primary role. Contributions from organizations can be solicited for set-up costs. Ongoing costs can be funded through individual membership fees or organizational membership fees.

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