221.638.01 HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Builds an understanding of the purpose and nature of health systems research as a multi-disciplinary endeavor with diverse research goals. Participants review the range of research questions, methodological approaches and study designs that health systems research encompasses, as well as cross-cutting issues pertinent to health systems research such as ethics, gender and human rights, complex adaptive systems and research rigor. Elements of developing a health systems research proposal are reviewed and developed by participants throughout the duration of the course.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to: 1) formulate measurable and meaningful indicators for use in evaluating program performance; 2) design an information system that makes adequate provision for the routine collection of essential evaluative data and appropriately incorporates subjective judgments as well; 3) select appropriate analytical tools for appraising the data, recognizing both the purposes and limitations of common methods of analysis; 4) prepare a project or program evaluation plan that includes all of the features and measures usually associated with the monitoring and evaluation of a health services endeavor; and 5) design a research study to resolve problems identified through routine evaluation to be in need of further investigation.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Articulate detailed uses of health systems research, and delineate between various kinds of health systems research
Describe research questions that are appropriate to health systems research, including writing their own health system research questions
Describe the role and nature of literature reviews for health systems research
Design appropriate conceptual frameworks for health systems research
Describe the types of evidence derived from diverse methodological approaches to health systems research, and the types of stakeholders and participants involved
Explain the role of mixed methods study designs as applicable to health systems research
Describe a range of applications of health systems research, and how to ensure rigor in the various applications (quasi-experimental methods, multilevel/longitudinal methods, use of administrative data, facility surveys, operations/implementation/translational research, case studies, participatory/action research, ethnography)
Articulate how cross-cutting issues such as ethics, gender and human rights, and complex adaptive systems are applied to health systems research
Develop a research design as part of a research proposal
- Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
- Friday 1:30 - 3:20