Supporting Policy Engagement for evidence-based Decision (SPEED) for universal health coverage

Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal Health Coverage in Uganda is a partnership of four Ugandan institutions and ITM from Belgium, as well as the HSRC from South Africa. SPEED is funded by EuropeAid, as part of its call for support to Public Health Institutes.

In Uganda, the partner institutions are Makerere University School of Public Health,the National Planning Authority, the Economic Policy Research Center, and the Uganda National Health Consumers Organization.

The project aims to boost policy analysis and influence that supports universal health coverage in Uganda, by strengthening resources and expertise for:  policy analysis; knowledge generation, stakeholder identification and engagements; as well as support for policy developmental and monitoring selected policy implementation arrangements.

Two of the HSRC's research programmes are involved in the SPEED project, namely Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation (PHHSI) and Research Use and Impact assessment (RIA).

Scope of work

  • Avail expertise in health policy and health system research by committing at least one full-time equivalent of senior academic staff to this action;
  • Support MakSPH in the organization of the symposia in years 1, 3 and 5. These will provide information about the current and evolving situation analysis for progress towards universal health coverage in Uganda;
  • Contribute to and support the processes for the production of the book aimed at documenting the state of art of the Uganda health system and policy implications for progress to universal health coverage;
  • In collaboration with MakSPH and partners, lead the design, protocol development and analysis and reporting for the policy implementation barometer to be undertaken in years 1, 3 and 5;
  • Contributed in the generation of technical analyses and products as will be determined from time to time by the Director, Executive Management Committee and the Partnership Advisory committee;
  • Provide technical support and mentorship to Makerere University School of Public Health staff, fellows and affiliate institutions in the implementation of SPEED;
  • Assist in the internal peer review and quality assurance of products produced for SPEED action;
  • Contribute to the scientific advancement of policy analysis and policy influence capacity of MakSPH and affiliate institutions to SPEED action;
  • Support the partners in resource mobilization especially through preparing grant application for synergistic activities to SPEED action;
  • Participate in the management of the speed action as full member of the executive management committee (EMC). Monthly EMC meetings will be held to provide direction and strategic decisions to the action;
  • Willingness to travel to Uganda for specified activities that require physical engagement with the rest of the SPEED partners of target audiences.

Project deliverables during the first year will include contributing to the visibility of SPEED, the appointment of technical staff to coordinate SPEED functions, a literature review paper to guide the design of the policy implementation barometer, policy briefs, survey analysis, seminars, and blogs related to the SPEED objectives. The team will also support the preparation of a book to constitute the situation analysis of SPEED.

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