Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development

"Better Health Systems...Healthier Lives."

Core Functions



Research Execution

We conduct HPSR that is responsive to the needs of the decision-makers and health systems leaders. Our multi-disciplinary research program covers implementation and improvement research and spans all thematic areas related to achievement of the Sustainable Development health and health-related Goals and other regional research agendas.

We work closely with policymakers to set priorities and to ensure research program is embedded the within the health system.

We develop and disseminate policy briefs to share the findings from the Centre’s research with policymakers, partners, and other knowledge-users.


Knowledge Translation Activities

We assist policymakers and health system leaders to utilise the best available research evidence in health policy and health system decision-making, by providing them with the following services and products:

  • Rapid Response service to urgent requests for research evidence
  • Evidence Briefs for Policy provides best evidence to address a problem and the options to address it
  • Deliberative stakeholder dialogues. Discussion among stakeholders on priority issue, informed by evidence brief
  • Clinical guidelines to facilitate evidence-based practice
  • Research repository


Health Human Resource Training and Development

To build the competencies of health system managers, policy makers and other health professionals we:

  • Offer training courses in Data use / knowledge management towards strengthening health systems, evidence-informed policy development, implementation and evaluation

  • Provide graduate student teaching and supervision

  • Conduct research capacity building of academic staff


Citizen Engagement

The ultimate goal of health system strengthening is to improve the health of citizens. We assist decision-makers to engage with communities as partners in health, by convening forums and dialogues with citizens so that their views can be incorporated in the decision-making process.

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