Research Priority Setting for Health Policy and Health Systems Strengthening in Nigeria: The Policymakers and Stakeholders Perspective and Involvement

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

health policy and health systems

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - Nigeria

Why was it conducted at all?

Nigeria is one of the low and middle income countries (LMICs) facing severe resource constraint, making it impossible for adequate resources to be allocated to the health sector. Priority setting becomes imperative because it guides investments in health care, health research and respects resource constraints.

What was the objective?

to conduct a research priority setting exercise

What was the outcome?

a list of 18 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

1 day

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: workshop: participants divided into 6 discussion/dialogue groups corresponding to WHO's health systems building blocks (Group 1: Health workforce, Group 2: Health finance, Group 3: Leadership & Governance, Group 4: Medical Products & Technology, Group 5: Service Delivery, Group 6: Health Information & Evidence), discussions followed deliberative dialogue process, each group was expected to arrive at consensus about research theme/topic and to identify areas with far reaching policy implications within the health systems building block

Which stakeholders took part?

Senior and middle level policymakers and key decision: health researchers, directors, project/program managers, heads of departments in the health ministry, hospital administrators, chief executive officers of health-based civil society groups, leaders of national health-based associations and health directors/managers. 92 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were attendees of a meeting.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.