Autumn School on Health Information and Evidence for Policy-making

23–27 October 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

Participants of the 6th Autumn School will explore the steps between data and policy recommendations. Topics will use real national data as far as possible and include:

  • discussing national health information systems;
  • learning about public health indicators in general, and the Health 2020 targets indicators and monitoring framework in particular;
  • assessing available data sources for Health 2020 indicators and the quality of the data arising from such sources;
  • acquiring knowledge of data needs and methods for monitoring health inequalities, including the burden of disease approach;
  • understanding the information needs and requirements to effectively prepare for and respond to health emergencies;
  • learning about quality criteria for health reporting and about making policy recommendations in line with Health 2020 priorities; and
  • gaining knowledge of tools and good practices for narrowing the gap between research and policy-making, with a focus on the translation of evidence into policy.

The course is aimed at public health experts working at the interface of health information and evidence and policy. The Autumn School is organized by WHO/Europe's Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation. It is an important capacity-building activity of the European Health Information Initiative and a key implementation tool for Health 2020 in the WHO European Region.

The 2016 Autumn School took place in Bucharest, Romania, and the inaugural Autumn School in 2013 took place in Turkey. This year, 12 countries will be taking part including the host, Georgia.