All posts by Dominic Gilroy

Evaluating Health Information Week 2019 (#HIW2019)

Health Information Week takes place between 1st-7th July 2019. So, what impact do you want your contribution to make?

We all know it’s important to evaluate impact, to show what benefit there is from putting time and resources into an event like #HIW2019. However, #HIW2019 hasn’t happened yet – so why are we thinking about evaluating it now? It’s really important to think about what you want your contribution to #HIW2019 to achieve now, so you can plan how you will collect the data to assess whether you have successfully achieved the impact you were planning for. Perhaps you want to encourage a behaviour change by highlighting ways to have a healthy lifestyle or encourage people to take up a particular call to action?  Identifying the impact you want your information to have early on, and how you will measure it, will make it much easier to demonstrate the value of investing the time and resources involved.

Some of the data you might want to collect:

  • Numbers: How many people attended your event(s)? How many took up free health checks (weight, blood pressure, etc.)? How many took leaflets, asked questions, or made health pledges? How many people interacted with your social media posts? Did service use change? Did any local newspapers or other media report on your event?
  • Qualitative data: What impact do patients and members of the public say #HIW2019 had for them? What did they learn? What questions did they ask? What impact do colleagues and contacts from your own and other organisations describe from #HIW2019 ? Are they willing to provide quotes?
  • Photos: Photos of your event or display can give the feel of your event in a way that words can’t (although do bear in mind the need for appropriate consent when taking photos)
  • Other information: What worked well? Which contacts have you made within your own or other organisations? What has happened as a result? What would you do differently next time?
  • The #HIW2018 evaluation also gives some examples of the types of information and data you could collect.

There’s a number of ways you can collect data and share your #HIW2019 evaluations:

However you choose to evaluate #HIW2019 , please share it with the national team at healthinfoweek@gmail.com or via the survey. We will collate all the information, so learning can be shared nationally and everybody working with information for patients and the public can benefit from your work!

Updated 4 June 2019

Evaluating the STEP literature searching eLearning modules

In September 2018, the STEP project team launched the final module of “How to Search the Literature Effectively”on e-Learning for Healthcare.

We are really keen to find out whether librarians are using the eLearning and to capture what they think. Please could you to take 5 minutes to complete our survey and to tell us how you are using these modules to develop the skills of your end users.

The survey will close on 24th May 2019

Survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDY3WYS

If you have any queries, please contact

tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk or sarah.lewis23@nhs.net

TripPro – liberating the librarian

Thank you to everyone who completed our online survey about TripPro back in December. We had a good response from an estimated 35% of NHS library services in England in addition to feedback from Public Health library teams.  Your feedback helped inform the decision for HEE to fund TripPro nationally for a further two years from April 2019.

What you said about the benefits of TripPro 

  • It’s used by many to support mediated literature search services, often as a scoping tool in the initial stages of a search 
  • It’s a handy short cut to grey literature, particularly useful for guidelines and systematic reviews  
  • It’s useful in training sessions, especially to demonstrate the hierarchy of evidence to newer users as it is so clearly laid out  
  • It’s a quick and easy way to focus non-professional searchers on quality documents 
  • It complements NICE Evidence search 

What’s new? 

  • Trip has recently started working with UnPayWall and as a result up to 70% of all articles (depending on document age and clinical area) are now available as full-text link outs 
  • The search technology has been upgraded, so the indexing is better and search results are more focused than previously 
  • Automated evidence maps have been added as a novel way of exploring the evidence base for interventions in a given topic area 
  • The Trip app is now available on the Apple App Store – and an Android version will be available soon 

What’s next? 

Your feedback also highlighted some of the limitations of TripPro and the scope for closer integration with other resources, more access routes and better signposting. We are working with Jon Brassey, Director of TripPro to explore ways to address these and will keep you updated.  

How do I access it? 

Access to TripPro is via IP address so you should get seamless access to the Pro version from your workplace. If you find you can’t access the Pro features, contact Jon Brassey with your organisation’s IP address (jon.brassey@tripdatabase.com

If you would like further details or a copy of the full survey report, please contact Helene Gorring, Library & Knowledge Services Lead in London and KSS.