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Project Title:  Health Systems Guidance Appraisal Tool - Better Guidance For Better Health Systems
Period:  from: 2014-03-01 to: 2015-02-28  
Principal Investigator(s): Ako-Arrey, Denis Ebot  
Co-Investigators: Brouwers, Melissa Christine  
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Institution: McMaster University  
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Program: Dissemination Events 
Assigned PRC: KDE 
Primary Institute: Health Services and Policy Research 
Primary Theme: Health systems/services 
Keywords: GUIDELINES/GUIDANCE, HEALTH, HEALTH MEASUREMENTS, HEALTH POLICY, HEALTH SERVICES, HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, HEALTH SYSTEM, KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION, LE DOMAINE DE LA SANTÉ, LES SERVICES DE SANTE, LES SERVICES DE SANTÉ, LOCAL, NATIONAL & GLOBAL HEALTH, POLITIQUE SANITAIRE, PUBLIC HEALTH 
Abstract: Health systems guidance (HSG) are systematically developed statements produced at global and national levels to assist in decisions about solving a health system challenge, to assist with the implementation of these solutions, and to direct the monitoring and evaluation of the solution's implementation efforts. For example, what is the best way to provide a vaccination program for citizens of low- and middle-income countries? The World Health Organization and national and provincial agencies have called for methods to help develop this type of guidance so that they are of high quality and based on the best available research evidence. Currently, nothing like this exists to help HSG developers. Our objective is to design and test a tool aimed at directing the development, reporting, and appraisal of HSG. To do this, we have brought together an international team of researchers and collaborators with experience and expertise in HSG . For this study we have looked for ideas and items related to HSG appraisal that have been published in scientific journals and other sources. We found that there is a need to develop a high quality tool for evaluating HSG. We are applying for this funding opportunity to support us organize a one day workshop event that we schedule to occur alongside an international conference in Cape Town South Africa in September 2014. This conference, the Health Systems Global International Symposium will unite global experts health systems/policy expert. We will be organizing this one day satellite workshop session during which we will be discussing our research findings and brainstorming with these experts in order to obtain valuable feedback, constructive critiques, suggestions and to garner additional support for the tool. This will provide a platform where these stakeholders can further contribute to the development and refinement of the tool. This will also enhance the trustworthiness of our study. 

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Fiscal Year Amount
2013-14 $24,370