Health literacy and 'The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works?'

2 November, 2018

To continue, but taking the liberty to change the subject line for this thread, I shall try to provide summarised information within this response and give a few relevant links at the foot.

The process of resource discovery followed standard information retrieval methodologies based on keywords and by using a combination of research databases, subject databases, ResearchGate (including contacting individual researchers), Google and Google Scholar, open access repositories etc. We have tried to combine a collection of peer-reviewed impact assessment (IA) studies together with other published materials that represent complementary approaches; although we received one enquiry on the topic, we have not yet employed Artificial Intelligence (AI).

We haven't specifically defined "best" resources - this isn't a trivial aspect at all - but to a large extent have relied upon the impact assessment methodologies that have been employed and recommendations within each experience as presented. The main core of our analysis relies on peer-reviewed articles but we also consider a wide range of other resources, e.g. university theses and reviews, to provide additional evidence of initiatives and case studies that could help others to build on.

We are endeavouring to keep abreast of developments through our own network, through networks of our research team, through information and health literacy specialists, and through engagement with groups such as HIFA-net, via social media interactions, through following conferences and events. We are trying our best but always open to improving; active participation and additional involvement are welcomed.

On a related subject of impact assessment methodologies you may find the report Altin, Sibel Vildan, Isabelle Finke, Sibylle Kautz-Freimuth, and Stephanie Stock. “The Evolution of Health Literacy Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review.” BMC Public Health 14, no. 1 (December 2014). to be helpful.


Results of resource discovery by mechanism

Reports, bibliographies and access to reviews being made available from (each report contains summary details of research methodology etc.)

and further information of key tasks from

and selected definitions applied to public science activity can be found from


Carol Priestley


Valentina De Col

Programme & Research Manager | Connect with Science

Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA)

HIFA profile: Carol Priestley is Director of Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA). She was formerly the founding director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). She has an interest and commitment to access to relevant and timely health information for all. carol.priestley AT