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Overview and Goals

Capacity Strengthening

What do we mean by Capacity Strengthening?

Strengthening the capacity of the field of researchers and practitioners engaged in health policy and systems work is an important area of focus for Health Systems Global (HSG).

The capacity for strengthening the diverse, cross-disciplinary and multifaceted field of health policy and systems research (HPSR) can be defined as, “the collective ability of individuals, groups, and networks, to successfully consolidate, synthesize, harness and apply opportunities in the pursuit of shared goal of advancing, promoting and integrating HPSR for health systems development”.

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What is health policy and systems research (HPSR)?

Watch this film to gain a better understand of HPSR.

How we look to strengthening capacity?

Our framework (detailed below) highlights and encourages, a systemic approach to capacity strengthening. This recognizes and leverages synergies across individuals, organizations and networks, who are working to strengthen the capacity of our community. Each of these three levels has distinct attributes but all are interrelated, with blurred and context-specific boundaries.

We believe capacity strengthening activities should:

  • Have an explicit goal
  • Be guided by clear values and principles
  • Focus on the intended audience and their specific skills
  • Be informed by an assessments of capacity needs and assets
  • Build on and unlock constrained assets across all levels.

The role of power, operating within and between the different levels, must be also be recognized when planning and implementing capacity strengthening.

Our Framework

Learn about our approach to capacity strengthening work

Please watch the accompanying film, and view the diagram and supportive tools shared below to learn more about our approach to capacity strengthening at HSG.


Resources and information

Supporting you to understand our approach to capacity strengthen, and in developing your own approach.

Key approaches & strategies for implementation.

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Take action today

HSG offers a range of opportunities for members to develop their individual knowledge, skills and experience through our learning resources and support materials including:

  • HSG member resources
  • How to guides
  • Webinars, podcasts and posts from HSG members
  • Downloads and additional support materials.
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