Vision & Mission

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

The following is a summary of Health Systems Global's strategic plan, approved by the Board in November 2016.

Overview

The purpose of this strategic plan is to guide Health Systems Global (HSG) through a phase of consolidation and intensification of activities, following the incipient period (2012-2015) when HSG was established and forged its identity. The plan is intended to guide the organization's decision-making in the following areas:

  • Identify priorities and guide decision-making of the board and secretariat
  • Provide the basis for detailed implementation planning and scaling up HSG's activities
  • Provide the basis for determining resource requirements.

This strategic plan has a time horizon from the end of 2016 to the end of 2020.

Strategic Objectives:

Build health policy and systems research communities that encompass policymakers, researchers, NGOs, civil society, the media, and funders

Rationale: The development of the field of health policy and systems research has been undermined by fragmentation within the community, both among researchers who often come from different disciplinary perspectives, and between researchers and users of research. As a Society that wants to effectively embrace all these groups, HSG seeks to (i) develop clear value propositions for different key groups of stakeholders (ii) establish structures and processes that help build stronger linkages across groups and (iii) facilitate greater inclusive engagement and increased participation.

Advance the field of HPSR through further development of research methods, and of the skills and competencies of HSG members

Rationale: Health policy and systems research is an evolving field and, drawing as it does upon multiple disciplines and methods, there is a need to develop the field through improved conceptual frameworks, taxonomies, methods, measures, and criteria for evaluating the strength and inclusivity of evidence, as well as through engaging with and learning from other disciplines. HSG will also build skills across those active in the field through a variety of strategies to support individual capacity development efforts.

Mobilize and support relevant communities to engage in and advocate for health policy and systems research and for health system development

Rationale: The very nature of the issues that are the focus of health policy and systems research demand a broad participation in the inception, development, implementation and dissemination of research. This engagement is critical not only in enhancing the use of evidence but also in increasing the relevance and public recognition of the value of investing in health policy and systems research. As the only global membership society for health policy and systems research, HSG is in an unparalleled position to mobilize and lead - or at times support - such advocacy efforts particularly through leveraging the influence of its members and strategic partners.

Ensure that Health Systems Global is strong and sustainable

Rationale: As HSG consolidates and grows, and associated opportunities and challenges emerge, it needs to enhance its own organizational and governance structures and capacities so that it can continue its work in a sustainable fashion.

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Summary of strategic plan 2016-2020

Vision Support health systems to attain better health, equity and wellbeing by strengthening health policy and systems research, policy and practice communities
Mission Connect and engage researchers, policymakers, health care managers, educators, civil society, the media, and donors from around the world to advance the field of health systems research and create opportunities for unleashing their collective capacity for generating, sharing and applying knowledge, necessary for health systems strengthening
Strategic objectives
1. Build health policy and systems research communities that encompass policymakers, researchers, NGOs, civil society, the media, and funders 2. Advance the field of HPSR through further development of research methods, and of the skills and competencies of HSG members 3. Mobilize and support relevant communities to engage in and advocate for health policy and systems research 4. Ensure HSG is strong and sustainable Strategic actions
Strategic Actions
1.1 Support and sustain Thematic Working Groups in different health policy and systems research areas
1.2 Connect researchers, policymakers, practitioners, civil society, NGOs and donors
2.1. Conduct a biennial global symposium on health systems research
2.2 Facilitate knowledge acquisition and dissemination
2.3 Disseminate health systems research methods including methods for knowledge translation.
2.4 Promote and support capacity building for the conduct, translation and utilization of health policy and systems research
3.1 Advocate for the field of health policy and systems research and health system development
3.2 Forge strategic alliances with different organizations and groups
4.1 Increase the membership base, diversity, and its regional reach
4.2 Evolve HSG's governance and organizational structures
4.3. Establish a stable financial foundation for HSG
Strategic enablers Capitalize on the diversity of the community; mount effective communications; harness power of information technology; leverage convening power