How Impact Stories can showcase PHE research and demonstrate the value of literature searches provided by Knowledge and Library Services (KLS)
PHE ePoster Library. Pearce-Smith N. 09/10/18; 221217; 171
Nicola Pearce-Smith
Nicola Pearce-Smith
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Abstract IntroductionPHE KLS provides advanced literature searching, completing 250 complex searches in 2017. As there was little knowledge of what users did with the results, we set out to determine the impact a KLS literature search might have on PHE projects, policy or research.MethodsWe designed a case study template which was used to collect examples of the ways that KLS literature searches have been used by PHE staff - we called these Impact Stories.ResultsThe Impact Stories demonstrate the importance of having access to a knowledge and library service, in order to base public health decisions on the best available evidence. The Impact Stories showed that KLS literature searches have:enabled the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to update a scientific risk assessment at speedallowed a successful mobile chest X ray tuberculosis screening event to occur in Bristol by demonstrating the effectiveness of active case findingidentified key evidence contributing to an interactive return on an investment toolrevealed that there is a dearth of evidence relating to the effects of secondary exposure to new psychoactive substancesConclusionOur Impact Stories provide feedback on user needs, have benefits for showcasing important PHE research, demonstrate the importance of using evidence, and improve collaboration between library staff and researchers. Impact Stories provide an easily understood narrative that not only shows the value and impact of the services KLS provide, but also provides PHE staff with experience and skills in making their practice and learning explicit and shareable.
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