This is the fifth in a series of five technical briefs on the theme of governance and systems, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on influencing policy and fast-tracking implementation. The key messages are:
Complexity theory and the drivers of change analysis can be used to analyse health systems and drive the development and implementation of policy.
- Ensuring policy adoption requires an understanding of the political economy.
- Making policy choices entails recognition of the health system as a complex system.
- Complex systems do not respond in a prescribed manner, they require flexibility and adaptability.