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Table 4 Regional health research system barometer scores

From: Strengthening national health research systems in the WHO African Region – progress towards universal health coverage

Health research system barometer parametersRegional barometer score
(2014) n = 39(2018) n = 39p value
A. Governance of research for health
 1. Regional health research policy index (RHRPI)0.510.670.151
 2. Regional health research law index (RHRLI)0.380.560.111
 3. Regional strategic health research plan index (RSHRPI)0.510.490.860
 4. Regional ethical review committee index (RERCI)0.920.950. 591
 5. Regional health research priority list index (RHRPLI)0.590.790.028
 6. Regional health research focal point index (RHRFPI)0.820.850.361
Average score for the governance of R4H0.620.720.174
B. Developing and sustaining resources for R4H
 7. Regional universities with faculties of health sciences/medicine (RUFHSI)
 8. Regional health research institutes or council (RHRCI)0.590.720.071
 9. Regional R4H programme (RHRPRI)0.560.720.071
 10. Regional R4H programme staff density per 100,000 population index (RHRHRI)0.0010.0020.909
 11. Regional NGOs R4H index (RNGOI)0.720.790.472
Average score for developing and sustaining resources for R4H0.400.610.032
C. Producing and using research
 12. Regional R4H programme action plan index (RHRPAI)0.510.590.478
 13. Regional knowledge translation platform index (RKTPI)0.400.590.047
 14. Regional health research management forum index (RHRMFI)0.380.460.474
 15. Regional R4H publications per 100,000 population index (RPPCI)0.10  
Average score for producing and using research0.350.550.038
D. Financing of R4H
 16. Regional budget line for R4H index (RBLHRI)0.510.620.164
 17. Regional government spending on R4H index (RHRBI)
Average score for financing of R4H0.330.430.182
Regional health research systems barometer (RHRSB) average score0.430.610.056