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Toolkit development for regions to help evidence-based action planning

23 Jan 2013 11:07

The Erasmus University team has been working on the toolkit development to have the toolkit ready by 2013 summer for testing by the pilot regions. The aim of the toolkit is to assist regions in evidence-based action planning in order to tackle health inequalities. The toolkit is planned to be consisting of 3 main parts: (i) needs assessment, (ii) the database & (iii) impact assessment.

The ‘needs assessment’ part focuses on indicators of health inequalities and data collection techniques working mainly with existing data.

The ‘database’ will contain two elements: an action portfolio and a database with examples/best practices. The action portfolio will be based on effective actions gathered from the existing literature. The second part will provide some useful examples/ best practices of these possible actions at the field of tackling health inequalities at regional level.

The ‘impact assessment’ is the element in the toolkit for which the team will develop a new tool in addition to the existing general Health Impact Assessment tools. The tool to be developed within the HE2020 project will be a so called ‘quantitative HIA tool’ in which certain actions can be modelled. Additionally a generic database will be compiled that can be used to model the interventions when no regional data exists. Guidance on the existing HIA methods will also be provided.

The proposed toolkit will be shaped by the experiences of the testing process involving the EU10 collaborating regions of the project.

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