Landscape Analysis of Global Learning Networks to Inform the Development of a Learning Laboratory for Quality Universal Health Coverage

The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) has decided to create a global learning laboratory (GLL) to harness and consolidate the growing knowledge base on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and quality. To help inform WHO’s thinking about the GLL for Quality UHC (QUHC), WHO asked USAID to support, through USAID ASSIST, a landscape analysis on global learning networks that enable cross-country knowledge generation and transfer.

The landscape analysis would draw key lessons and highlight issues that should be considered in the design to the GLL for QUHC. WHO approached USAID ASSIST because of the project’s broad expertise in knowledge management and the operation of web platforms with an explicit learning agenda. The GLL for QUHC will have as its virtual hub a space on the newly launched Integrated Care for People website (, which WHO has developed to support learning and information exchange related broadly to WHO’s integrated care for people strategy.

The landscape analysis drew on a literature review and on in-depth interviews with key informants representing nine global learning networks, most of which were health-related. This report describes the methods and findings of the landscape analysis and highlights key issues that WHO should consider in making final decisions on the objectives, structure, and operating principles for the GLL for QUHC.

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Report Author(s): 
Lani Marquez, Nancy Dixon and Kate Fatta
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
ASSIST publication: 
ASSIST publication
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