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The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.


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Capacity for Policy, Advocacy, Governance, and Finance: The Health Policy Project's Approach
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Author(s): Health Policy Project

Primary Language: English

Date: 7/31/2014


This brief describes the Health Policy Project’s perspective on systems change, the expertise needed for effective engagement in the policy process, implementation steps for capacity initiatives, and evaluation. It will be of particular use for those interested in capacity-strengthening approaches specific to policy, advocacy, governance, and finance. For sustained change, HPP encourages its partners to take a systems approach that addresses capacity needs at interrelated levels: individual, organizational, and systems.

For information on the project's implementation of this approach, see the Capacity Development Topics page, which also includes practical resources such as HPP's recently developed Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) Suite of Tools. The tools are specifically designed to assist organizations with building their capacity related to health policy by 

  • Establishing a baseline of the organization’s capacity in key areas
  • Promoting organizational dialogue, learning, and standard setting
  • Informing the development of a capacity-strengthening plan for addressing organizational priorities

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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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