Twenty years ago, the first ‘contracting for performance’ experience with a public health facility was starting in Cambodia. Much water has gone under the bridge since then. Known today as “Performance Based Financing” (PBF), the strategy, is being implemented in more than 30 countries and has a national policy status in several countries. In many low- and middle-income countries, it plays a pivotal role as a health system strengthening intervention and is framed as a possible instrument to progress towards universal health coverage.
The systemic ambition of PBF entails that its contribution to national and international goals, such as universal health coverage and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) should also be part of its evaluation. The rich international research program going on PBF internationally allows us to assess success in this respect.
Under the umbrella of the PBF Community of Practice, we propose to organize a session at the next symposium on health systems research, scheduled for October 8-12, 2018, in Liverpool. We are looking for people with original empirical evidence aligned with the sub-themes of the symposium. Deadline for the submission of organized session is January 15th.
During the session, 3 to 4 researchers will share findings from recent empirical studies on PBF programs. We will restrict the focus on the core themes of the Liverpool conference. We therefore look for studies:
At this point, we invite you to express your interest and inform us of the results that you will be able to share at the conference. A small committee of the PBF CoP will analyze your proposals and make an initial selection. Each expert who has expressed an interest will then be contacted and informed of our decision. Then, together with the experts who have the most relevant proposals, we will discuss the session’s format, the respective role and finalize our submission to Health Systems Global. Note that if we receive a lot of excellent propositions, we may eventually decide to split the submission in more than one session. We are therefore also looking for chair persons.
You are a researcher or a PBF expert. You are considering to attend the next symposium in Liverpool. You have original empirical data that is relevant to the theme of our organized session.
Note that we fully subscribe to the recommendation of the organizers to maximize the diversity in participation to the conference.