Getting on the same page: the concept and assessment of ‘health systems strengthening’

8 April 2021

Join us at 12 noon BST on Wednesday 19th May 2021 for a webinar which explores the latest thinking on the conceptualisation of health systems strengthening (HSS) and the prospects for adopting shared tools and approaches for its assessment.

Register for this Zoom session here.

The session will feed into work by researchers at national and international levels, and into interagency work on improving international support to evidence-based HSS. Particular focus will be given to the findings of the 2019 and 2021 reports Evidence review of what works for health systems strengthening, where and when?, which were commissioned by the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) from the ReBUILD for Resilience and ReSYST research consortia.


Dr Kabir Sheikh (policy adviser at Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research [opens in new window])

Kabir will chair the session.

Professor Sophie Witter (ReBUILD for Resilience research co-director)

Sophie will discuss the challenges highlighted in the Evidence review of what works for health systems strengthening, where and when? reports, focusing on concepts, the state of evidence (including for fragile and conflict-affected settings), and the tools for assessment. She will emphasise the urgent need to work on a collective knowledge building programme.

Jo Keatinge (HSS advisor to FCDO [opens in new window])

Jo will outline how FCDO understands HSS and is using it to inform policy and programming. She will also consider how the recent evidence review was used to inform thinking on the department’s HSS position paper and will discuss future priorities.

Dr Natasha Palmer (ITAD [opens new window])

The recent review raises important questions on the evaluation of HSS. Natasha will consider these and how they are being taken forward with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She will also discuss evaluation (frameworks and methods), planned outputs of this interagency work and questions for group feedback.

Dr Sushil Baral (HERD International)

Sushil will consider how HSS looks at a national level. Are our frameworks helping us to conceptualise it in a way that supports national and sub-national engagement and monitoring? Do we have the right indicators and tools?

Other speakers are to be confirmed

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session where we will explore the points raised.

Register for this Zoom session here.

Please note that this webinar will be recorded and made publicly available through the ReBUILD for Resilience website a few days after the live transmission.