Autumn School on Health Information and Evidence for Policy

20–24 October 2014, Warsaw, Poland

Building on the success of the inaugural Autumn School, held in Turkey last year, the 2014 Autumn School will take place in Poland. Lasting for five days, it will address the full cycle of public health monitoring and reporting and is aimed at participants who work at the interface of data analysis, research/knowledge integration and policy. It will have 30 participants from 16 Member States.

The School will combine lectures, exercises and group work to give participants insight into national health information systems and enable them to develop practical ways to improve them. As much as possible, real data and case studies will be used and, throughout the School, participants will be asked to link what they learn to conditions in their countries. The Autumn School is intended to help participants:

  • learn about public health indicators, particularly the Health 2020 targets, indicators and monitoring framework;
  • learn about data needs and methods for monitoring health inequalities;
  • assess data sources and data quality for the Health 2020 indicators;
  • explore quality criteria for health reporting and make policy recommendations based on Health 2020 country profiles; and
  • deepen their understanding of how to narrow the gap between research and policy-making and focus on the translation of evidence into policy, by examining tools and examples of good practice.