Health and Development Information at IDS An introduction to HDI


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Presentation given by Tom Barker at a research communications capacity building workshop held at IDS April 2008.

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Health and Development Information at IDS An introduction to HDI

  1. 1. Health and Development Information at IDS An introduction to HDI April 2008
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>IDS Information Department </li></ul><ul><li>IDS Health & Development Information Team </li></ul><ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>Our niche </li></ul><ul><li>id21 Health </li></ul><ul><li>Health Resource Guides on Eldis </li></ul><ul><li>Future direction </li></ul><ul><li>DFID Health Resource Centre (Matt) </li></ul>
  3. 3. IDS Info Services Broad-based services: BLDS - British Library for Development Studies id21 - development research reporting service ELDIS - online gateway to development BRIDGE - development & gender briefing service Livelihoods Connect – sustainable livelihoods Specialist services: Health Resource Centre DFID HEALTH RESOURCE CENTRE Governance & Social Development Resource Centre
  4. 4. IDS Health & Development Information Team <ul><li>HDI provides high-quality, accessible information drawn from a diversity of sources, in order to support informed decision-making by policy makers, practitioners and other key stakeholders. </li></ul><ul><li>Our approach: </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on poverty and equity – the social, economic and political aspects of health and HIV and AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together the expertise of information and communications professionals and specialists in health, HIV and AIDS and other development disciplines. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides broad and in-depth coverage through online and print resources which draw on a diversity of sources, including a strong research element. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What do we do? <ul><li>id21 Health: the latest and best UK-funded research, online and in print. </li></ul><ul><li>Health, Health Systems, and HIV and AIDS Resource Guides on Eldis: comprehensive coverage of the key issues in health and development. </li></ul><ul><li>DFID Health Resource Centre information services: tailored information services for DFID staff and dissemination of knowledge generated through consultancies. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative communication of IDS and collaborators’ health research. </li></ul><ul><li>Support to partners’ information, knowledge management and communications activities. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our niche <ul><li>Audience of policy makers and practitioners in developing countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on poverty and the socioeconomic aspects of health and HIV and AIDS (strong cross-cutting approach). </li></ul><ul><li>Research emphasis but an increasing diversity of sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong links with researchers and other subject specialists. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with partner organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of resources for quality and relevance. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on making knowledge and information accessible through selection, summarising, organising, and contextualising. </li></ul>
  7. 7. id21 Health <ul><li>DFID funded programme. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the dissemination and use of development research and knowledge between researchers and practitioners. </li></ul><ul><li>Online resource and extensive print production. </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses primarily on peer-reviewed research. </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of material based on strong selection criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>24,000 printed copies of id21 Insights Health distributed. </li></ul><ul><li>55% of subscribers are in low and middle income countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent topics include: substance abuse, household and community responses to malaria in Africa and maternal health </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming topics include: primary health care, sexuality, child nutrition and budget support. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Health Resource Guides on Eldis <ul><li>The guides provide comprehensive coverage of high quality information on the key issues in health and development. </li></ul><ul><li>Broad topic coverage with in-depth resources on specific issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily online resources, but occasional print and CDRom. </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse sources and types of material including research, grey literature, reports and toolkits. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with partner organisations and subject experts to select and write content. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 12,000 visitors per month and 20,000 email subscribers. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60% of visitors are based in in low and middle income countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Popular topics include: human resources for health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, AIDS and vulnerability. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent and upcoming topics include: aid architecture, non-communicable diseases, men and masculinities, primary health care, climate change and health, non-state providers. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Activities with FHS and RR RPCS, POVILL etc. <ul><li>Health key issues guide on universal access to SRH services. (RR RPC) </li></ul><ul><li>id21 focus on unsafe abortion. (RR RPC) </li></ul><ul><li>Health systems dossier on meeting the health-related needs of the very poor. (POVILL) </li></ul>