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Assessing capacity for health policy and systems research in low and middle income countries*

Overview of attention for article published in Health Research Policy and Systems, January 2003
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Title
Assessing capacity for health policy and systems research in low and middle income countries*
Published in
Health Research Policy and Systems, January 2003
DOI 10.1186/1478-4505-1-1
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Authors

Miguel A Gonzalez Block, Anne Mills

Abstract

BACKGROUND: As demand grows for health policies based on evidence, questions exist as to the capacity of developing countries to produce the health policy and systems research (HPSR) required to meet this challenge. METHODS: A postal/web survey of 176 HPSR producer institutions in developing countries assessed institutional structure, capacity, critical mass, knowledge production processes and stakeholder engagement. Data were projected to an estimated population of 649 institutions. RESULTS: HPSR producers are mostly small public institutions/units with an average of 3 projects, 8 researchers and a project portfolio worth $155,226. Experience, attainment of critical mass and stakeholder engagement are low, with only 19% of researchers at PhD level, although researchers in key disciplines are well represented and better qualified. Research capacity and funding are similar across income regions, although inequalities are apparent. Only 7% of projects are funded at $100,000 or more, but they account for 54% of total funding. International sources and national governments account for 69% and 26% of direct project funding, respectively. A large proportion of international funds available for HPSR in support of developing countries are either not spent or spent through developed country institutions. CONCLUSIONS: HPSR producers need to increase their capacity and critical mass to engage effectively in policy development and to absorb a larger volume of resources. The relationship between funding and critical mass needs further research to identify the best funding support, incentives and capacity strengthening approaches. Support should be provided to network institutions, concentrate resources and to attract funding.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 2 1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Tanzania, United Republic of 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Sierra Leone 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 140 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 38 26%
Student > Master 25 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 15%
Student > Postgraduate 9 6%
Professor 8 5%
Other 31 21%
Unknown 14 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 55 37%
Social Sciences 37 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 7%
Business, Management and Accounting 9 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 3%
Other 10 7%
Unknown 21 14%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 February 2018.
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#5,609,060
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#699
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#128,204
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