What is the Health Systems Hub?
The Health Systems Hub (“The Hub”) is a knowledge and networking platform that has been designed and developed to support knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration among global health practitioners, policymakers, researchers and development partners interested in mixed (public and private) health systems.
With initial funding from the HANSHEP group of donors and developing country governments, the Hub was created in response to the following challenges around mixed health systems:
> Evidence around what works is still underdeveloped (but growing rapidly)
> Some great resources exist, but they are very fragmented and widely dispersed across sectors and borders
> Few tools for organising knowledge and making it more accessible
> Quality of evidence is very variable, so difficult to know what to trust
> Many barriers exist between stakeholders that hinder the effective sharing of knowledge across sectors and borders
We believe that in complex health systems no single actor is likely to have a complete view of the change processes occurring, so there is a need to bring different actors together to develop shared learning.
Our Guiding Principles and Consultation Workshops
The Hub was designed in accordance with the following Guiding Principles:
1. Engage the target audiences in design and development
2. Focus on selecting influential / impactful resources
3. Incorporate consultative feedback mechanisms
4. Leverage and promote existing Knowledge and Learning platforms
5. Be demand-driven and enable self-governance
6. Formalize and strengthen existing knowledge networks
7. Adopt an agile approach and work through continuous iterations
8. Improve, rather than add to, the busy realities of people’s lives
The Hub design team also held a number of workshops with health professionals from government, private sector, civil society, academia and development agencies in Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and India to give our target audiences the opportunity to help design the platform from the very start. Participants from across these consultation sessions all articulated the following needs they wanted from the Hub:
- Help in finding relevant, quality resources (this became the 'Learn' domain)
- Greater visibility of who is doing what in this space (this became the 'Connect' domain)
- Cost-effective ways to continue interacting between meetings (this became the 'Collaborate' domain)
The Hub was launched in October 2014 at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany and due to popular demand then added a fourth domain ('News and Events') in 2015.
THE HUB ADMINISTRATION TEAM
The Hub is administered by a small team led from within Results for Development Institute (R4D) at 1111 19th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20036, USA. R4D is the designated proprietor of The Hub.
Results for Development Institute (R4D) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unlock solutions to tough development challenges that prevent people in low- and middle-income countries from realizing their full potential. Using multiple approaches in multiple sectors including, Global Education, Global Health, Governance and Market Dynamics, R4D supports the discovery and implementation of new ideas for reducing poverty and improving lives around the world.
The Hub website (www.healthsystemshub.org) is hosted by Ekohe (of Suite 3010, Jing'an China Tower Fortune Gate, 1701 West Beijing Road, Shanghai, China, 200040), who also provide technical support and maintenance services for the site.