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Community opportunites

Thematic Working Groups (TWGs)

A space for members to collaborate

Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) are multi-disciplinary groups made up of members from Health Systems Global (HSG). They create a space for researchers, decision-makers and implementers interested in key topics to interact and exchange experiences around particular issues in health systems research.

TWGs are created by members for members. Currently there are nine groups covering a variety of themes.

Setup your own TWG

HSG actively supports individuals and parties who wish to setup their own Thermatic Working Group (TWG). Below we’ve listed out the key criteria, benefits and operational considerations for setting up your TWG.

TWGs should

  • Represent a major health systems research issue, or methodological approach or capacity development challenge;
  • Ensure that their goals and objectives of the proposal are aligned with HSG’s 2022-2026 strategy priorities and clearly reflect where and how the TWG contributes to achieving organizational goals;
  • Be led by current members of the society;
  • Encompass diverse members of HSG, including members, for example, from different geographical areas (countries or regions) or different languages, or different constituencies (researchers, policymakers, implementers, civil society), and should include representatives from both the global North and South;
  • Be of long-term relevance; and
  • Promote the work of the society through, for example, engaging in activities that promote the growth of health policy and systems research, such as hosting webinars and writing blog posts.

TWGs are offered a package of benefits, including

  • A homepage on the HSG website;
  • Access to post on the society member newsletter/social media (e.g. to announce events or activities);
  • Use of the society’s logo and name on their materials, including a group specific logo;
  • Dedicated time slot and meeting room during the society’s biennial global symposium;
  • An organized session at the biennial global symposium; and
  • The opportunity to contribute to and become involved in symposium activities (such as the role of reporter).

TWGs may have a variety of different objectives, from developing capacity for health systems research, to promoting and sharing research findings in a particular field. Accordingly, different TWGs may engage in different activities such as providing training opportunities for HSG members through webinars or face-to-face training sessions; sharing announcements about relevant research funding opportunities; establishing mentoring schemes; developing advocacy tools; or providing awards to outstanding students or practitioners. Further, TWGs should consider developing sub-groups/streams for specific areas of work.

Each TWG should be led by a minimum of three HSG members, who will take responsibility for developing the program of work for the group and supporting its implementation. These ‘officers’ of the TWG should be prepared to rotate periodically. They should maintain an email list of the members and organize meetings at the Global Symposia. It is at the discretion of each group if they would like to plan interim meetings at events of their choice. These positions are non-remunerative and the TWGs should not expect additional support from the society beyond that outlined above.