Recognizing Research Paradigms Part 1 (2 October 2014)
This session will debate the contribution of different health systems research traditions to strengthening people-centred health systems. It will draw in research commissioner and user perspectives, and specifically consider both large-scale, fixed-design evaluation of health-system change and participatory research approaches. The questions of focus include: Whose knowledge counts in research directed at strengthening people-centred health systems? How do our knowledge paradigms influence the research questions asked and what research approaches are best suited to addressing different types of questions? How can practitioner experiences be more strongly brought to bear throughout the research process? What are the critical challenges in initiating, doing, disseminating and funding health systems research for people-centred health systems?