The intended impact of RESYST was that health systems in low and lower-middle income countries become more responsive to the populations they serve, more resilient in the face of internal and external shocks and more protective of the poor and most vulnerable.
Our theory of change mapped out the expected pathways of impact, focusing on how research can better contribute to strengthening health systems policy and practice.
Assessing research impacts
We used a number of quantitative indicators to track research use including: citations in both research and policy documents, stakeholder engagements and feedback from policymakers.
We also carried out in-depth case-studies to assess the contribution of specific research projects to policy change, which involved interviewing researchers and key stakeholders to better understand how research was used. Through this work, and the experience of researchers, we have identified several facilitators to impact.