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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application


Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. We are a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts: in low-income countries (Bangladesh, Uganda), middle-income countries (China, India) and fragile states (Afghanistan) to build resilient health systems for the future. After a successful first five-year phase from 2006-2011 (see our success stories), we are entering a new six-year phase of research, funded mainly by UK aid.

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NEW SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application

Future Health Systems

FHS is pleased to announce the publication of a new supplement in BMC Health Research Policy and Systems, titled Engaging Stakeholders in Implementation Research: tools, approaches, and lessons learned from application.

Implementation research and the engagement of stakeholders in such research have become increasingly prominent in finding ways to design, conduct, expand and sustain effective and equitable health policies, programmes and related interventions.

The articles in this supplement examine some of the tools and approaches used to facilitate stakeholder engagement in implementation research, and describe learning from the experience of the Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Programme Consortium. Over the past decade, the FHS Consortium, comprised of teams from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India and Uganda, have worked closely with the people and organisations leading the transformation of health systems in each of their own countries. They have pursued approaches that allow key actors to ‘learn by doing’. In doing so, they find how implementation research can be usefully employed by providers, beneficiaries, officials and key local actors to improve the delivery of health services, particularly for poor and marginalised populations.

Articles in the supplement

Introduction (David H Peters et al): Engaging stakeholders in implementation research: lessons from the Future Health Systems Research Programme experience

Research (Sara Bennett et al): Strengthening scaling up through learning from implementation: comparing experiences from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Uganda

Research (Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho et al): Engaging stakeholders: lessons from the use of participatory tools for improving maternal and child care health services

Research (Ligia Paina et al): Using Theories of Change to inform implementation of health systems research and innovation: experiences of Future Health Systems consortium partners in Bangladesh, India and Uganda

Research (Moses Tetui et al): A participatory action research approach to strengthening health managers’ capacity at district level in Eastern Uganda

Research (Rornald Muhumuza Kananura et al): Participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches that influence decision-making: lessons from a maternal and newborn study in Eastern Uganda

Commentary (Said Habib Arwal et al): Learning by doing in practice: a roundtable discussion about stakeholder engagement in implementation research

Learning-by-doing webinar

A webinar will be held on Tuesday January 30th from 13:00 to 14:30 GMT to accompany the launch of this new supplement.

During the webinar, Future Health Systems members will share, reflect and compare their experiences of learning through many years of interaction with diverse health systems actors in different settings. Two short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

Find out more and register for the webinar!