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Linking Health Policies with Health Systems and Health Outcomes: A Conceptual Framework
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Author(s): Karen Hardee, Laili Irani, Ron MacInnis, and Matthew Hamilton

Primary Language: English

Date: 12/11/2012


Health-related policy and its implementation is complex. This conceptual framework, prepared by the Health Policy Project, is designed to show the flow from health-related policy development to health-related policy and program implementation. The framework has been developed based on an extensive review of health policy and health systems literature and decades of experience in the policy areas related to family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and maternal health. The framework includes the four stages of policy, which starts with the identification of a problem and moves to policy development, policy implementation, and policy monitoring and evaluation. The conceptual framework situates the process within the context of an enabling environment, comprising broader governance and political, sociocultural, and economic factors. It is meant to guide governments, organizations, and communities in understanding the links among health-related policies, programs, systems, outcomes and better implementation and monitoring and evaluation of health-related policies. It can also be used to frame research questions and design studies.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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