Market Research for Online Communities in the NHS – IES Institute for Employment Studies – 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Health Informatics, Workforce | Tags: , , , |

Market Research for Online Communities in the NHS – IES Institute for Employment Studies  – 2010

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“In 2010 the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement commissioned the IES (Institute for Employment Studies) to undertake market research to support the development of a ‘National Ideas Platform’. The need for this study was prompted by, firstly recognition that networking and the sharing of knowledge are ways in which ideas and technologies diffuse through the NHS, alongside an acknowledgement that NHS staff often report frustration at the lack of knowledge sharing across the NHS. This is despite a range of networking opportunities available via the NHS Institute and through NHS groups.

The research had four components: a literature review focused on the specific question around whether NHS staff engage in online networks/ communities and if so where and when; stakeholder interviews with organisers of existing networks; an online survey; and focus groups at ten NHS organisations. The fieldwork was conducted between May and July 2010.

There were four broad learning outcomes from the work, providing information on: what affects people’s use of online resources and why some networks work; how do people go about sharing ideas at the moment; what technologies are people using at present and for what purposes; and do people want a new network?”


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