Annually, the SIHI Network and partners host meetings to convening a range individuals and organisations. Each convening seeks to advance the global understanding on social innovation in health by gaining the perspectives of different actors engaged in social innovation in health. With the support of TDR each convening also seeks to raise awareness and advocate for social innovation in health globally, nationally and locally.
In this section, reports from main convenings can be downloaded.
This report highlights insights and recommendations gained on how research could be embedded within social innovation. The report provides an overview of four key areas discussed during the workshop: “Co-creating a Research Guidance for Social Innovation in Health”, on 30 – 31 May 2018 in Blantyre, Malawi. The workshop was co-hosted by the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to inform the development by TDR of a guidance supporting research in social innovation.
42 Participants attended from 11 countries, representing ministries of Health (Malawi and Uganda) international agencies, universities, research institutions, SIHI partners and social innovators. The workshop adopting a user-centred design approach, framed as an ‘Expedition into the New World’ and centered around four social innovation in health initiatives: Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (Malawi), Kuanda Community Health Insurance Initiative (Malawi), Kyaninga Child Development Centre (Uganda) and Action for Women and Awakening in Rural Environments.
Key discussion areas and recommendations included:
Embedding Research in Social Innovation – The value of research lies in it serving as a compass directing the development of social innovations from early-stage to scale up. Raising awareness among all stakeholders involved are key as well as embedding it in the national research agenda.
Collaborative Partnerships for Research and Scale-up of Social Innovation: Partnerships are key to support scale up and these require the early involvement of government. Strong leadership as well as collaborative platforms are vital to connect social innovators, academics, policy makers and community members in the research process.
Supporting and Enabling Structures: Research strategies are to be informed by the unique physical and operational resource constraints experienced by social innovations and adapted to the needs/ limitations of the environment.
Novel Skills and Methods to Promote and Implement Research: Social innovations are complex interventions. Different research methodologies are required tailored to the innovation and the environment. Tools and capacity strengthening approaches are needed to equip social innovators.
The report outlines recommendations from funders on how to better support and promote research in community-based social innovation. The report summarises discussions from the meeting “Funding Agencies Join Forces to Advance Social Innovation”, held to explore the role funding agencies could play. Supported by SIHI and the ESSENCE on Health Research Initiative, it was hosted by the Fondation Meriéux at Les Pensières in Annecy, France, 23-24 November 2016. Participants included representatives from funding agencies, international organizations, academic institutions, social innovators and governments.
Recommendations from the meeting discussion include:
Develop a research approach, methods and tools for social innovators
Support platforms and channels to share experiences and learning
Increase individual leadership and coordinated collaboration between international agencies
More than 50 social innovators in health, practitioners, government representatives, funders, and researchers from nineteen countries gathered in Annecy and Geneva from 2-4 December 2015 for the Evidence-Based Social Innovation Consultation: Re-Imagining Healthcare Delivery in the Global South. The objectives of this consultation were to align on a framework of social innovation in health, define the strategies to maximize impact and expand the conversation to build momentum.
This report summarizes the key insights and strategies from this meeting.
A greater need for evidence in social innovation, to be supported by a fund for operational and implementation research and greater use of digital technologies for data collection.
Enhance capacity for social innovation through establishing collaborative social innovation country hubs; creating sharing platforms and developing tools to facilitate greater monitoring and evaluation of social innovations.
Advocate for and examine the role and contribution of social innovation in health systems strengthening and the Sustainable Development Goals.