Advanced course on health information and evidence for policy-making

28 May–1 June 2018, Bohinj, Slovenia

The production and dissemination of health information is a core WHO activity mandated by Member States in the Organization’s Constitution. WHO programmes compile and disseminate a broad range of information that plays a key role in health planning, advocacy for health issues, and monitoring and evaluation of health programmes. In exercising this mandate, WHO/Europe’s Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation strengthens the capacity of Members States in the European Region by organizing and conducting various capacity-building events.

This includes the Autumn School on health information and evidence for policy-making, its flagship course aimed to enhance Member States capacity to collect, analyse, report and use evidence for policy-making.

The Advanced course on health information is a regular follow-up to the Autumn School, and provides more in-depth training on the subjects of the Autumn School. This year’s course  takes place in Bohinj, Slovenia.

The aim of the workshop is to further strengthen the capacity of technical specialists in the area of data quality assessment, and use of WHO standards and tools to collect, organize and analyse data and transform it into actionable health information. The workshop  builds on the basis laid in the Autumn School and cover theoretical and practical aspects of the following areas:

  • data and indicators – analysis of rare events, treatment of missing data in analysis;
  • conducting national burden of disease studies;
  • interactive data visualisation – conceptualization, development and good practices;
  • knowledge translation and research – developing issue briefs based on health information and research: bridging the know–do gap.

The learning methods of the workshop  include a mixture of lectures, exercises and group work. The exercises are based as much as possible on national data, as well as challenges and questions brought in by the participants from their personal work environment.