The Harkness Fellowships are run by staff of the Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program, with support from our valued partner organizations.
From 2001 through 2011, Harkness Associates were based in Canada and traveled to the U.S. to participate in Harkness seminars. From 2012 on, with support from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), Canada has had full-time Harkness Fellows. The fellowship is now supported by the newly formed organization, Healthcare Excellence Canada.
Beginning in 2018, the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health and the Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs (CNAMTS) have cosponsored the Harkness Fellowships to identify future leaders to bring international policy innovations and best practices to the French health care system.
During 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand introduced health system reforms designed to achieve pae ora (healthy futures for all). Manatū Hauora — Ministry of Health is the chief steward of the health system, Te Whatu Ora — Health New Zealand is the operational lead for health services, and Te Aka Whai Ora — Māori Health Authority leads change in how the system understands and responds to Māori health needs and the development of services to meet those needs. Together these agencies support the Harkness Fellowship identify and deliver innovation that will enable the equitable and effective design and delivery of health in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Since 2010 the Research Council of Norway, through its health services research program and in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, has supported the Harkness Fellowships to promote stronger international links and inputs to Norwegian health policy and systems research.
Together the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and The Health Foundation support the Harkness Fellowships. The NIHR Academy is responsible for the development and coordination of NIHR academic training, career development, and research capacity development, while The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the United Kingdom.