Health impact assessment: a useful tool for health and wellbeing boards – NHS Confederation – June 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Patient Participation, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Health impact assessment: a useful tool for health and wellbeing boards – NHS Confederation – June 2012

“This document provides an overview of the health impact assessment (HIA) process. It was developed by one of the health and wellbeing board learning sets, for improving the health of the population, part of the National Learning Network for health and wellbeing boards. Drawing on the work of NHS South of Tyne and Wear, it outlines the key stages of the process and provides a case study which demonstrates how this process might be used to influence decision-making and service delivery.”

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Health Impact Assessment: Inventory of Resources – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy [Canada] – February 2012

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Health Impact Assessment: Inventory of Resources – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy [Canada] – February 2012

“Health impact assessment (HIA) is a process that makes it possible to shed light on decision-making related to proposed policies, programs or projects, and on their potential effects on the health of a population. There are many approaches to the practice of HIA, the oldest having been developed within the field of environmental health in relation to the environmental impact assessment of development projects. The main focus of this inventory is the practice of HIA as related to the development of healthy public policy. This is an evolving field of practice in which more and more public health actors are becoming interested and with which they wish to become familiar.

This inventory is intended as an introduction to the field of HIA practice as applied to policy development. It is based on a review of the literature on this subject carried out by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) between March and July of 2008. It does not claim to be completely exhaustive, but it reflects the information available at the time the review was carried out.

Those interested in HIA will find in this inventory a body of information aimed at:

facilitating access to existing resources
providing information about the most effective techniques for researching HIA
sharing knowledge about the main ideas that characterize this field.”

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HIA Implementation in Canada: HIA Pilot Project in Montérégie, Québec – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy – October 2011

Posted on November 3, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

HIA Implementation in Canada: HIA Pilot Project in Montérégie, Québec – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy – October 2011

“This document provides a brief account of an HIA pilot project undertaken at the municipal level, in Québec’s Montérégie region, and reports on the key findings that emerged from the process.”

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Safe and Sustainable: Review of Children’s Congenital Heart Services in England – Health Impact Assessment: Interim Report – August 2011

Posted on August 11, 2011. Filed under: Cardiol / Cardiothor Surg, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Safe and Sustainable: Review of Children’s Congenital Heart Services in England – Health Impact Assessment: Interim Report – August 2011    NHS Specialised Commissioning Team

Extract from the introduction:

“In April 2010 the NHS published Safe and Sustainable: The Need for Change which set out proposals for a new model of provision for children’s heart surgery1 in England. It envisaged fewer, larger specialist surgical centres working within regional paediatric cardiology networks delivering care as close as possible to the child’s home.

Safe and Sustainable aims to develop a national service with better clinical outcomes and a trained clinical workforce which is expert in the care and treatment of children and young people with congenital heart disease. This review is being managed by National Specialised Commissioning Team (NSCT) on behalf of the ten Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) in England2 and their constituent Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Its scope includes England and Wales.3

The Safe and Sustainable Review was instigated in response to concerns among clinicians, professional organisations and parents regarding the future resilience of the existing 11 surgical centres which currently provide paediatric cardiac surgery. There have been long-standing doubts about whether some of these centres are performing a sufficient number of complex procedures to maintain and develop specialist skills.4 In 2006, a national workshop of surgical experts, together with other NHS staff and parent groups, endorsed the view that the current configuration of services in England was unsustainable.5 This view was  then echoed by an independent report by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2007.

Responding to these concerns, the Safe and Sustainable Review proposed reducing the number of centres providing children’s heart surgery from 11 to either six or seven.”  … continues

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Measuring impact in health improvement: An accessible guide for health practitioners – UK – February 2011

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Measuring impact in health improvement: An accessible guide for health practitioners – UK – February 2011

This guide has been produced for Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly the IDeA) by Valerie Garrow, Associate Director at the Institute for Employment Studies. It has been developed for practitioners working for councils and public health organisations who have been given the task of evaluating the impact of a project or initiative. It will take you through the process of designing, implementing and disseminating an impact assessment and will also provide information on the range of tools and help that is available. It aims to be a practical guide, helping you to design and conduct effective and appropriate impact assessment.”

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Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices – International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – 2010

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices – International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – 2010

Khandker, S.R., Koolwal, G.B., & Samad, H.A. (2010). Handbook on Impact Evaluation: 
Quantitative Methods and Practices. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

ISBN: 978-0-8213-8028-4
eISBN: 978-0-8213-8029-1
DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-8028-4

Extract from the foreword:

“Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices makes a valuable contribution in this area by providing, for policy and research audiences, a comprehensive overview of steps in designing and evaluating programs amid uncertain and potentially confounding conditions. It draws from a rapidly expanding and broadbased literature on program evaluation—from monitoring and evaluation approaches to experimental and nonexperimental econometric methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations.”

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The Health Impact Project – website

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

The Health Impact Project – website

“The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers.  HIAs use a flexible, data-driven approach that identifies the health consequences of new policies and develops practical strategies to enhance their health benefits and minimize adverse effects.”

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