The Knowledge Mobilisation and Evidence Network group has over 20 members. We have created a Who who’s of our network to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative working. We meet several times in the year to plan training and development activities. We would be interested to hear your views on what would be most useful. We are here to support evidence review and knowledge mobilisation throughout the MDSN and will be engaging in activities which aim to develop:
Our Community of Practice meetings take place online. We’ll be moving to a regular schedule from Autumn 2023 onwards. Members regularly present their work at these meetings, and they are an opportunity for members to share and learn from each other.
Our Knowledge Mobilisation Community of Practice is led by Alison Turner (Managing Consultant and Head of Evidence and Knowledge Mobilisation at the Strategy Unit).
We’re always looking for more members to join the community of practice, and new faces are always welcome! To join this community of practice or to volunteer to present at a future meeting, please contact the Evidence and Knowledge Mobilisation team firstname.lastname@example.org
Produced MDSN guide to finding evidence for decision making
Evidence can help decide which interventions, initiatives, improvements and innovations offer the best value.
This guide has been developed by the Strategy Unit for the Midlands Decision Support Network. It is written for analysts who are seeking to triangulate findings with the wider evidence base. But it is suitable for anyone who is thinking about how to use evidence to inform decisions about health and care.
The guide begins with an introduction to evidence and how it can inform decision making, before taking you through the steps involved to find and analyse evidence, with signposting to further resources and support.
It begins with an introduction to evidence and how it should be used, followed by sections on:
The Knowledge Library is a collection of evidence and analysis produced by Midlands Decision Support Network (MDSN), to encourage knowledge sharing and avoid unnecessary duplication.
The Library is managed by an editorial team who will ensure content is relevant and current.
The knowledge library…
We’re currently working with NHS library colleagues in the Midlands to add MDSN content to regional research repositories. This helps to make MDSN research more visible and discoverable by capturing, storing, and preserving research output and making it available to the wider health and care community through open access protocols.
The next Knowledge Mobilisation Community of Practice meeting is scheduled for:-
Summary of the 22nd November Community of Practice
James Thomas from the Evidence for Policy & Practice Information Centre at University College London presented on the topic of generative AI and evidence synthesis. The talk outlined the journey from ‘traditional tools’ through to the more sophisticated, new generation of tools, that are harnessing the increases in accessibility to open access research, computing power and advances in machine learning. Topics covered included critical questions to consider when assessing AI tools and the benefits and limitations of both larger and fine-tuned, smaller models.
If you’d like to attend this meeting, please contact the Evidence and Knowledge Mobilisation team email@example.com
Zaheera Teladia and Karen Bradley from the Strategy Unit presented on a project to develop peer review in Long Covid services in the Midlands, including three pilots in Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. The project is coming to a close after several months work and has been an interesting example of knowledge sharing and innovation spread. The group also participated in a knowledge café, sharing approaches to knowledge sharing in their organisations and systems, sharing reflections on some of the challenges as well as ideas to take forward.
Helen Outhwaite from NHS England shared on her team’s work to capture insights and learning on Learning Health Systems (LHS), inviting us to consider how we might support the delivery of LHS. Andrew Booth from ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield) presented on their work providing rapid reviews on demand for NIHR, through their commissions from the Evidence Synthesis Programme and the Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme. Freddie Finlay from the Strategy Unit presented an MDSN-funded evidence signpost on rural health inequalities, inviting expressions of interest in potentially continuing the work
Ramona Naicker from Northern Care Alliance presented her work developing a critical appraisal tool for antiracism. Ramona’s work is available at https://www.criticallyappraisingantiracism.org/. Ramona has subsequently collaborated with Cardiff University on an elearning resource. Karen Bradley also shared an update on MDSN Insight to Action work to help health systems make use of MDSN analytical outputs. Karen Bradley also shared an update on MDSN Insight to Action work to help health systems make use of MDSN analytical outputs.
Jo Chalmers and Rachel Illingworth from Nottinghamshire ICS hosted a knowledge café inviting a discussion on evidence analysis for population health management, where participants shared challenges and lessons learned. Catherine McLaren and Ruth Carlyle from Health Education England presented their work on health literacy, including the Health Literacy Toolkit (since updated and available on the NHSE web site).
Alison presented the newly published MDSN guides on Finding Evidence for Decision Making and Insight to Action, developed to support Intelligence Functions in the network. Zaheera Teladia and Karen Bradley introduced the Long Covid peer review project (see the update from July 2023 for the latest update).
Colleagues from the Midlands Decision Support Network shared updates on the development of the network and recently completed projects. The group also continued to discuss ideas for developing this community of practice.
Our first meeting took place in June 2021. This was an opportunity for people to get to know each other, learn about the Midlands Decision Support Network and share ideas for how the community of practice might work. Alison also presented on some work supporting Long Covid services to share knowledge on their approaches to managing a condition we’re still learning about.