Right Here Right Now (RHRN) pilot study: testing a method of near-real-time data collection on the social determinants of health

Naven, L. et al. (2018) Right Here Right Now (RHRN) pilot study: testing a method of near-real-time data collection on the social determinants of health. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 14(2), pp. 301-321. (doi:10.1332/174426417X14987303892451) (PMID:29973958) (PMCID:PMC6027954)

Naven, L. et al. (2018) Right Here Right Now (RHRN) pilot study: testing a method of near-real-time data collection on the social determinants of health. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 14(2), pp. 301-321. (doi:10.1332/174426417X14987303892451) (PMID:29973958) (PMCID:PMC6027954)

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Abstract

Background: Informing policy and practice with up-to-date evidence on the social determinants of health is an ongoing challenge. One limitation of traditional approaches is the time-lag between identification of a policy or practice need and availability of results. The Right Here Right Now (RHRN) study piloted a near-real-time data-collection process to investigate whether this gap could be bridged. Methods: A website was developed to facilitate the issue of questions, data capture and presentation of findings. Respondents were recruited using two distinct methods – a clustered random probability sample, and a quota sample from street stalls. Weekly four-part questions were issued by email, Short Messaging Service (SMS or text) or post. Quantitative data were descriptively summarised, qualitative data thematically analysed, and a summary report circulated two weeks after each question was issued. The pilot spanned 26 weeks. Results: It proved possible to recruit and retain a panel of respondents providing quantitative and qualitative data on a range of issues. The samples were subject to similar recruitment and response biases as more traditional data-collection approaches. Participants valued the potential to influence change, and stakeholders were enthusiastic about the findings generated, despite reservations about the lack of sample representativeness. Stakeholders acknowledged that decision-making processes are not flexible enough to respond to weekly evidence. Conclusion: RHRN produced a process for collecting near-real-time data for policy-relevant topics, although obtaining and maintaining representative samples was problematic. Adaptations were identified to inform a more sustainable model of near-real-time data collection and dissemination in the future.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Egan, Mr James and Teal, Miss Gemma and Hilton, Professor Shona and Phipps, Miss Rebecca and McCartney, Gerry and Smith, Ms Madeline and Walsh, Mr David and Inglis, Mr Greig and Tolan, Mr Matthew and Stewart, Miss Sally and Harris, Dr Rachel and Fergie, Dr Gillian and Naven, Ms Lynn and Kelly, Ms Lorna
Authors: Naven, L., Inglis, G., Harris, R., Fergie, G., Teal, G., Phipps, R., Stewart, S., Kelly, L., Hilton, S., Smith, M., McCartney, G., Walsh, D., Tolan, M., and Egan, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
Publisher:The Policy Press
ISSN:1744-2648
ISSN (Online):1744-2656
Published Online:18 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Policy Press
First Published:First published in Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 14(2): 301-321
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727671SPHSU Core Renewal: Informing Healthy Public Policy Research ProgrammePeter CraigMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/15IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU