Past Event

A Pragmatic Guide to Health Systems Implementation Research

14 November 2016 13:00–15:00

Room 1600 at the Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Canada.

This session (run as part of the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2016) in Vancouver) will explore the skills required to conduct implementation research on interventions in complex health systems.

This is the image for the 'A Practical Guide to Health Systems Implementation Research'.

Its starting premise is that, if such research intends to influence national health systems policy, a very substantially level of commitment is required and that this will most likely be found among younger researchers from the region in which an implementation is undertaken.


  • Gerald Bloom (Institute of Development Studies, UK) (Session chair)
  • Merrick Zwarenstein (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University)
  • Henry Lucas (Institute of Development Studies, UK)
  • Hayley MacGregor (Institute of Development Studies, UK)

The session will be based around an e-book developed within the Future Health Systems Consortium: ‘A Practical Guide to Implementation Research on Health Systems’.This is an open access resource targeted primarily at post-graduate students intending to undertake field research on health systems interventions in resource-poor environments. The book consists of twelve chapters addressing theory, methodology, analysis, and influencing policy. Each consists of both original text and links to relevant, open access, web-based journal and multi-media materials, including selected case studies. 

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