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Evaluating Health Information Week 2019

It’s a while ago now, but #Health Information Week 2019 (#HIW2019) was a great opportunity to promote the value of high quality health information. We’ve collated all the feedback received from our smart survey and individual evaluations into this report.

Some highlights of the report:

  • A wide range of organisations participated, including charities and NHS and public libraries. About 20% of survey respondents (10 teams) had not previously been involved in #HIW, showing the event is growing in reach and popularity.
  • There were over 1,700 recorded interactions at events and displays, and over 1,600 leaflets given away over the week. These enabled patients, members of the public, and NHS staff to learn more about finding high quality information to support their health and wellbeing.
  • There was a wide range of events, including a mindfulness walk, a human library, healthy eating children’s storytime, and a book group looking at graphic novels and health.
  • Many people used #HIW2019 to develop partnership working with organisations in other sectors.
  • The amount of time spent on #HIW2019 varied widely, showing people are able to put as much or as little into the week as they choose.
  • There was high demand for national marketing templates to be available much earlier next year – for #HIW2020 we plan to have them ready in April. As a result of your feedback, these will be professionally produced.

Health Information Week 2020 (#HIW2020) will take place from 6th-12th July 2020. It seems a long way away now, but several teams said they would like to start planning earlier for 2020. The #HIW2019 evaluation report also gives plenty of examples of what worked well and what could be done better next year for local events. You may also like to take a look at the #HIW2019 Ideas Bank to get some ideas and inspiration!

Health Information Week 2020

Monday 6 – Sunday 12 July 2020
Helping patients and the public find high quality health information!

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

You can follow us on @Healthinfoweek on Twitter to find out more (and to have a look at last year’s tweets), or you can contact us at healthinfoweek@gmail.com if you have any questions. The hashtag this year will be #HIW2020, so please use this if you use Twitter!

Preparing for Health Information Week 2020: what are the 2020 themes?
We’re sticking with a themed week, with a different focus for each day- and we’ve added a couple of new topics!

  • Monday 6th July: Health literacy
  • Tuesday 7th July: Mental Health
  • Wednesday 8th July: Sepsis
  • Thursday 9th July: Healthy lifestyles
  • Friday 10th July: Mobile apps
  • Saturday 11th July: Mythbusting Common Conditions
  • Sunday 12th July: Wellbeing and mindfulness

There’s no requirement to adhere specifically to these themes, and don’t feel that you have to cover every theme on every day: perhaps choose one or two that inspire you, or find your own topic to run with. We will have a list of useful resources for each theme available, and we will also tweet them on the day using #HIW2020.

Why should I get involved with Health Information Week 2020?

Health Information Week is a national initiative that brings together many different organisations and individuals. One of the biggest benefits that last year’s participants in Health Information Week found was its positive effect on partnership working; reaching out to people- including clerical staff and senior management teams-  who perhaps wouldn’t use the library usually; making contact and improving relationships with other libraries in their local area; reaching out to new members of the public and potential library members. Health Information Week is all about collaboration!

How can I get involved in Health Information Week 2020?

Health Information Week is a great way to showcase the ways that you and your organisation support the provision of quality health information for all. Perhaps you work in a public library, an NHS library, a charity, a school, an art gallery- there are lots of different ways to get involved, and they don’t have to be difficult.

Last year saw a number of organisations doing different things, including:

  • Information stands handing out leaflets, flyers and other literature, showing posters, giving out freebies including fruits, muffins, post-it notes and pens
  • Children’s storytimes about healthy eating
  • Hospital walkabouts with leaflets, hot drinks and biscuits for staff
  • Mindful colouring stands
  • Health information books on display
  • Social media campaign: Twitter and Facebook were popular ways to disseminate information and photos
  • Exercise and relaxation sessions: yoga, Pilates and mindfulness
  • And lots more!

How can I prepare for Health Information Week 2020?

You can start planning now! We have a list of ideas to inspire you: please don’t feel you have to stick exactly to what’s suggested- if you have any new ideas about an event you can run, please share it. We’d love to hear from you, and perhaps someone else will want to give it a go?  Read our evaluation report from Health Information Week 2019 where you can find out more about what other people did and the impact that it had. In April we’ll be publishing some posters, branding templates, and other resources to help you market your event.

Who can I work with to increase my impact?

Think about the other organisations that might like to join you: perhaps NHS libraries, health charities, public libraries, local groups and communities who have an investment in good health information.

What about the people already in your organisation who would partner you? If you work for a hospital, perhaps this includes your Trust’s PALS team, Patient Information and Experience team, patient support groups and charities. If you work for a public library, perhaps you already have links with local health charities and support groups, or even the public health team of your local council.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or need any help finding resources to support your campaign: don’t forget to email us on healthinfoweek@gmail.com, or message us on Twitter @Healthinfoweek!

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