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Encouraging better evaluation in digital health: guidance, training and community development

Bondaronek, P; Potts, H; Death, F; Saadat, B; (2021) Encouraging better evaluation in digital health: guidance, training and community development. Presented at: Public Health Research and Science Conference 2021, Online conference. Green open access

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Abstract

Abstract Digital health have the potential to deliver effective interventions on a wide scale. However, digital health products and services need better evaluations. There are significant barriers to this. Public Health England wanted to understand and tackle pragmatically the problem of evaluating digital health. This is particularly important in the time of COVID-19, when a large number of digital interventions are being developed and introduced at pace. It assembled a multidisciplinary team including service designers, academics, and public health professionals. They employed user-centred design methods, including qualitative research, and engagement with end-users and stakeholders. They used the findings to identify opportunity areas, develop concepts, test prototypes, and plan service implementation. This work led to the Evaluating Digital Health Products resource on GOV.UK which includes practical guidance, a methods library with digital case studies, and workshop templates for teams. It is intended to help anyone developing or running a digital health intervention. This resource launched to the public in 2020 but the service is still being improved and developed. The aim of this presentation is to introduce the online resource, describe its comprehensive iterative development, and present the evaluation training models. We will also describe the immediate next steps, which include development of an evaluation community, user testing of new content, and plans for developing a sustainable workshop model. Funding: This project is funded by Public Health England.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Encouraging better evaluation in digital health: guidance, training and community development
Event: Public Health Research and Science Conference 2021
Location: Online conference
Dates: 24 - 27 May 2021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://phrsc21.phe-events.org/
Language: English
Additional information: Conference run by Public Health England.
Keywords: digital health, evaluation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > CHIME
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128946
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