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Nationwide capacity building initiative in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) : KEYSTONE Inaugural short course commences 23 February 2015


KEYSTONE is a collective initiative of several Indian health policy and systems research (HPSR) organizations to strengthen national capacity in HPSR towards addressing critical needs of health systems and policy development. KEYSTONE is convened by the Public Health Foundation of India in its role as Nodal Institute of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).The KEYSTONE organizing group and course faculty consists of experienced HPSR researchers from: the Indian Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, Jawaharlal Nehru University, the National Health Systems Resource Centre, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh, the Public Health Foundation of India, the Public Health Resource Network, the Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action, SreeChitraTirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology Trivandrum, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai.

KEYSTONE Fellowships

The KEYSTONE initiative offers competitive fellowships for early to mid-career researchers and practitioners from government, NGOs, and universities, to participate in a national-level short course on current HPSR approaches and methodologies, and participate in a series of post-course engagements through the one-year fellowship period.The ultimate goal of KEYSTONE is to activate a nationwide community of health policy and systems researchers, towards addressing critical needs of health systems and policy development in various parts of the country.


The KEYSTONE short course aims to develop individual capacities and channelize latent capacities of participants, for investigating and addressing real-world problems of health systems and policy, through rigorous immersion in current HPSR approaches, frameworks and methodologies. KEYSTONE faculty are drawn from several partner institutions, and have worked together to develop the unique design and content of the KEYSTONE course. The course will introduce participants to current frameworks to understand health systems and complexity, and the spectrum of approaches that make up the field of HPSR. Participants will befamiliarised with different approaches in HPSR, engaged in critical analysis of HPSR literature, and guided through the development of an individual research plan.

Twenty KEYSTONE Fellows have been selected and will participate in the inaugural short course from 23rd February to 5th March 2015 in New Delhi. By the end of the course it is expected that participants will be able to formulate relevant health policy and systems research questions, select the appropriate research strategies and approaches to answer these questions, and think through strategies to support the use of research knowledge in health system decision-making.

The KEYSTONE course is currently not open for applications and dates for future editions will be notified in due course. For details please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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