This handbook provides tools to increase the technical capacity needed for monitoring and evaluating human resources for health. It brings together an analytical framework with strategy options for improving the health workforce information and evidence base, as well as country experiences to highlight approaches that have worked.
This publication is the result of a collaborative effort between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) to document methodologies and share experiences in measuring and monitoring HRH, to encourage countries and partners to build upon these experiences and to compile recommendations for ministries of health and other stakeholders for health workforce monitoring and evaluation.
It builds upon and complements other internationally coordinated efforts for monitoring the building blocks of health systems, including human resources.
It is anticipated that this Handbook will contribute to effective use of existing data and improve future data collection efforts for maximum utility of quantitative and qualitative HRH assessments within countries, across countries and over time. The publication should be seen as a work in progress that will result in an enhanced understanding of HRH and contribute significantly to the growing body of tools and applied research designed to address the challenge of measuring and improving health workforce outcomes, strengthening health systems and, ultimately, improving population health.