Resource Spotlight: Using Evidence for Human Resources for Health Decision-Making: An Example from Uganda on Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention
Developing and implementing policies to effectively address health workforce challenges demands relevant data for evidence-based decision-making. However, even when there is abundant evidence on which to base policy-making and other important decisions to improve HRH systems, such as health worker retention strategies, the availability of evidence does not guarantee that it will be used for decision-making.
Based on a literature review and the experience of two IntraHealth employees in Uganda related to addressing health worker recruitment and retention, six recommendations are offered to help national stakeholders transform evidence into policy decisions and subsequent action.
With planning and forethought, it is possible to ensure that stakeholders use available evidence when making policies and decisions intended to improve HRH systems in general and health workforce recruitment and retention in particular. As the Uganda example illustrates, these steps can help build interest, momentum, and political will to make policy decisions for retention strategies to strengthen the health workforce and improve access to high-quality health care for the population. Moving forward from their evidence-based retention policy decisions, it is important for stakeholders to evaluate policy implementation and its effect on service delivery.
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