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Formative Evaluation of the Africa Health Systems Initiative to African Partnerships (AHSI-RES)

Field of Expertise:
Health Research and Information; Health Research; Health Systems Research
Narrative description of project:
The Africa Health System Initiative - Support to African Research Partnerships (AHSI-RES) is a 5 year research program (2008-2013) that forms the research component of the CIDA's Africa Health System Initiative (AHSI), a 10 year, 450 million dollar initiative to strengthen health systems in seven African countries (sub-Saharan Africa) from 2006 to 2016.
AHSI-RES aims to support policy-relevant health systems research (HSR) activities that are also designed to strengthen research partnerships and build local capacity for knowledge generation, exchange, and uptake. The main objective is to ensure translating relevant research results into policy. The research themes are human resources for health (HRH) and health information systems (HIS) with equity / access as transversal theme.
Description of services provided:
The formative evaluation, implemented in May-July 2012 during program implementation, aimed at informing GHRI and AHSI RES program staff about the AHSI RES program performance and progress, with a view to inform the last year of implementation and the development of a project proposal for a new program. The evaluation approach combined desk review of documents and telephone interviews with research teams, CIDA country-based and headquarter staff as well as AHSI RES program staff. No field visits were made.