Health Systems Performance Analysis
Using the multipolar framework, you will acquire deep insights in performance of health care organisations and their evaluation.
5 ECTS Credits
Developing better health care organisations and systems can only start from a systematic assessment of performance that acknowledges the social complexity of health systems. Such a performance analysis is indeed the starting point of strategic management decisions for hospitals, health districts, and (local) health systems.
This short course allows students to acquire evaluation skills focusing on the analysis of the performance of health care organisations within a health systems perspective. More specifically, students will learn to apply the multipolar performance framework, which provides a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to analyse health care organisations and health systems taking its complexity into account. This analysis enables an understanding of the current performance and the identification of avenues for improvement. Starting from their own organisation and taking the local health system (LHS) as the unit of analysis, participants will gain capabilities useful in the management of health organisations at any level of the health system.
This 3-week course is relevant for health care organisation managers (including managers of hospitals, local health systems, NGOs and network organisations), health programme managers, policymakers and policy implementers as well as for researchers involved in or interested in performance analysis of health care organisations and health systems in general.
The course includes perspectives from several disciplines such as public health, management, political science, organisational theory, complexity, and health systems research. The ITM teaching team has a 10 year+ experience with assessment of performance of health care organisations and systems and with teaching and using the multipolar performance framework in low-, middle- and high-income countries.
After this course, the student should be able to analyse the performance of her organisation within the larger health system with the view of informing strategic management decisions. This includes the ability to:
- Use methods and tools to map and analyse the key actors of the health care organisation, its objectives and values, organisational culture and structure, the power dynamics and its context
- Apply the multipolar performance framework as an analytical method to analyse the performance of health care organisations and health systems
- Identify performance bottlenecks and prioritise strategies to improve the performance of the health care organisation/health system
- Take the complex nature of health systems and health care organisations into account in performance analysis and strategic management decisions