Embedding research in health policy and systems in the Americas – Supplement: Improving Program Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER)

Authors: Etienne V. Langlois, Nhan T. Tran, Abdul Ghaffar, Ludovic Reveiz and Francisco Becerra-Posada
Source: Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2017;41:e79.

Published online: May 2017

EN – As countries develop and improve universal health coverage schemes globally, there is increasing recognition that health policymaking and health system streng­thening need to be informed by robust research evidence. In Latin America and the Caribbean, emerging and complex health challenges require actionable and context-sensitive evidence to improve the responsiveness of health systems. This movement towards evidence-informed policymaking also calls for research that addresses key priorities identified by policymakers and stakeholders in the Region. To stimulate this type of research the World Health Organization (WHO) devel­oped Changing Mindsets, a strategy on health policy and systems research that ad­vocates for thoroughly embedding research into health system decision-making. Recognizing the importance of early and active engagement of policymakers, the World Health Report 2013 focused specifically on research for universal health coverage and called for more demand-driven research globally. Furthermore, there is a growing interest in the co-development of research and the engagement of policymakers in various empirical endeavors worldwide…
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About the Supplement of the Pan American Journal of Public Health (PAJPH)- Improving Program Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER)

This supplement published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with the support of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), provides scientific evidence supporting stakeholder centered implementation research as a crucial component of effective public health and clinical policies and programs.  It demonstrates that relevant and demand-driven research has the potential to make significant improvements to the implementation and scale-up of existing health interventions.

Since 2014, PAHO and the AHPSR have carried out an embedded research initiative in the Region, entitled Improving Program Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER), to address context-specific factors and advance toward population health impact. iPIER takes a unique approach to research by placing affected stakeholders—policymakers, district health officers, program managers, and frontline health workers—at the center of the research process. This ensures that relevant evidence is gathered during the research process, which can be effectively translated into improvements to preexisting health policies and programs.

This supplement presents the rationale that underpins the embedded research initiative and the findings of 10 of these projects conducted within various health system settings in the Region. The series aims to provide critical knowledge emanating from the research, while documenting the general embedded research process and its potential outcomes. Through the iPIER initiative, PAHO brings its expertise supporting research in the Region to advocate for this innovative way of developing and using science.

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