Our Vision: Countries will be making the right choices for better population health.

The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is an innovative global partnership of leading government institutes, universities, and thinktanks, to support policymakers in priority-setting for universal health coverage (UHC).

Our mission is to guide decision makers to effective and efficient healthcare resource allocation strategies for improving people’s health. We provide demand-driven practical support and rigorous knowledge products, helping policymakers and funders to make better decisions for better health.

Who We Are:

Launched in November 2013, the innovative partnership model brings together the Global Health and Development Group at Imperial College London, Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening South Africa (PRICELESS SA). The initiative receives funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Department for International Development (UK), and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The iDSI supports low and middle income governments, and donors, in making resource allocation decisions for healthcare. Specifically, the initiative shares experiences, showcases lessons learned and identifies practical ways to scale technical support for more systematic, fair and evidence informed priority setting processes. In strengthening priority-setting institutions, the iDSI helps to improve access to effective health interventions, and the quality and efficiency of health care delivery. And importantly, it helps elevate the value of priority setting as essential for attaining and sustaining UHC.


Why We’re Unique:

  • We respond to policymaker demand, and focus our efforts on what client countries and funders genuinely need
  • We provide practical support to country decision makers, and work alongside local teams to jointly develop sustainable systems for setting priorities fairly, and on the best available evidence
  • We are an international, multi-disciplinary network. We bring together leading priority-setting institutions, delivery partners (including academics), policymakers, and funders to solve problems collaboratively
  • We produce knowledge products: cutting-edge, freely accessible insights on best practices in priority-setting, informed by policymaker priorities, to generate more health for the money


Our Strategic Overview:

For a more detailed introduction to the aims and objectives of the iDSI, read the strategic overview.

Mid term review:

In 2016, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) awarded iDSI a grant to expand our work over the next 3 years. This period when iDSI is growing and maturing was a good time for a learning review, which was conducted by Itad (iDSI’s partners for monitoring, evaluation and learning). Itad undertook a detailed review to assess the effectiveness and perceptions of iDSI and our programme of work; they were able to draw on perspectives both within the iDSI network and in the wider global health space.

mid term review tableiDSI used the MTR and its recommendations to inform our growth, and spur new dialogue between iDSI partners on our value and strategy. The evaluators’ findings overall supported iDSI’s ambitions and recognised the rapid progress made in a young network. The recommendations emphasised that iDSI has built an impressive reputation for policy support, and has the potential to be a global leader in priority-setting for universal health coverage. As a network we have made progress since mid-2016 on many of the areas identified in the MTR, such as communicating our evidence base in a wider variety of formats and platforms.

The full mid term review is available here. A summary of how iDSI is incorporating lessons from the review is available here (March 2017).

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