Reaching people with information about ebola (4) Information resource discovery

2 November, 2018

Hi Carol, and thanks for your message - I'm glad the comment sparked off such a useful response. Congratulations on the excellent initiative.

This is to probe into your project a little further in relation to some work I am currently doing for UNICEF on a form of professional health literacy - the question I have been asked to analyse is the extent to which UNICEF staff in their Regional Office for South Asia are using the best evidence in support of their activities. We want to do a case study as well covering one specific programme area or topic (to be decided).

So, when I read that "The resource discovery stage was completed at the end of June and identified over 2,100 impact assessments and descriptive resources (reviews, handbooks, guides etc) across a range of science literacies (including health, health-care and nutrition) delivered through 45 different approaches." - I am very curious about the approaches and the process of resource discovery you and your team followed. Where did you look? How did you identify the "best" resources? Any background on this would be very useful. Also on the "analysis mechanism by mechanism" - can you cite any specific mechanisms?

I am posting this to HIFA as well, to ask people to share ideas about the process of information resource discovery. How do you keep abreast of developments in your subject area? What's the best way to avoid missing crucial evidence?



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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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