Department for International Development (DFID), November 2016
Health policy and systems research is centrally concerned with people, their relationships and the actions that they take towards strengthening health systems. To understand complex health systems, researchers must actively engage with system actors, ranging from health managers to service users, learning from their tacit knowledge and about their experience. Learning sites are located in specific geographical districts and entail a long-term process of engagement and collaborative research with system actors. They provide a unique opportunity for researchers to understand health systems by seeing their complexity through the eyes of those working at the front line of health care delivery. In addition, they offer opportunities to support health system strengthening.