Research plan helps drive informed outcomes

  2 April 2024  NWMPHN   

Improved population health knowledge, and evidence-based planning and service design, is a key outcome of North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network’s (NWMPHN) 2024-2028 Strategic Plan.

To drive how the organisation uses evidence to support and improve our work, the Research and Evaluation Strategic Action Plan (RESAP) was published in February.

The plan includes four core focus areas, including giving staff greater confidence to use and create evidence through research and evaluation in their day-to-day work.

“We want to further build on our culture of using evidence to inform decision-making,” NWMPHN Research Coordinator Katherine Mok says.

“Part of this is empowering staff through increased training and professional development.”

Other focus areas of the RESAP include increased investment in research that supports key health priorities, or population groups, within NWMPHN areas.

The plan also reiterates the importance of developing partnerships with external research organisations and other PHNs or community groups.

This has the benefit of bringing together differing perspectives and skills, which can lead to greater potential for innovation and discovery, according to Katherine.

“Wherever possible, we want to ensure that our programs are supported by the best available evidence, which can play a significant role in delivering better health outcomes within the community.”

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