What is it about?

This methodological article offers insights into using participatory policy analysis when conducting research into health policy and health systems. The team writing this paper has been working on a large-funded study of the consequences for the health system of Nepal’s move in 2015 from a centralised political system to a more federal structure of government with seven provinces.

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Why is it important?

Too few papers report on the way research is conducted in the real world. This paper reporting on health systems research in Nepal offers insights into the specific research process called 'participatory policy analysis' offers this real-world experience.


The research teams felt that participatory policy analysis worked particularly well in this low-income country context. We like to help other researchers who are considering using this method in their fieldwork.

Prof. Edwin R van Teijlingen
Bournemouth University

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This page is a summary of: Participatory policy analysis in health policy and systems research: reflections from a study in Nepal, Health Research Policy and Systems, January 2024, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s12961-023-01092-5.
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