Resources to support improvements in Public Health Research

LiLaC researchers have developed and disseminated a wide range of resources to improve public health research practice.  Impactful examples include:  

Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action system

The Cheshire and Merseyside’s Combined Intelligence for Public Health Action (CIPHA) dashboard data and intelligence dashboard was commissioned by the Hospital and Out of Hospital Cells and funded by NHSX.  It provides an integrated and shared intelligence base to support partners across the region when managing COVID-19 outbreaks. 

ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre

The Consumer Data Research Centre was established in 2014 to lead academic engagement between industry and the social sciences and utilise consumer data for academic research purposes. 

Guidance to Narrative Synthesis in systematic reviews

This project developed new guidance on best practice for the narrative synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data.  The guidance provides examples of the application of the guidance in two ‘demonstration narrative syntheses’, which provide important insights into the potential benefits of narrative approaches to the synthesis of findings from multiple studies.  The guidance can be downloaded from this website. 

Health Inequalities Assessment Tool

The Health Inequalities Assessment Tool (HIAT) aims to support researchers to integrate a health equity focus routinely in their activities including: evidence synthesis, applied health research, implementation, knowledge mobilisation and capacity building. With funding from the ARC NWC and SPHR, the HIAT toolkit is currently undergoing a series of updates and will be relaunched in 2021.

Place-based Longitudinal Data Resource

The Place-Based Longitudinal Data Resource (PLDR) brings together local and national datasets (e.g Hospital admissions data, budgetary data, prescribing data) that track changes in the determinants of health and health outcomes, in places over time. These can be used by researchers, local government, the NHS and the third sector to understand what works to improve health, what doesn’t and what can cause harm. 

Public Involvement Assessment Framework

The Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF) was developed to help researchers assess the impacts of involving members of the public in their research in diverse fields from health care to local history. It has been used by researchers in the UK and internationally.