The Community Health Exchange (CHEX) has released their new briefing: “Evidence journeys: Working towards culture change among planners, commissioners, and funders”.
The briefing looks at ways statutory organisations and funders can change how they work with and think about evidence to make better use of evidence from communities, and third sector and community organisations.
There are a number of suggestions on how this can be done, including:
- learning from the trust invested in the third sector and community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic
- using theories of change and other models which show how community and voluntary organisations contribute to tackling health inequalities and other high-level outcomes
- making use of participative methods which can ensure decisions and services are informed by the “practical wisdom” of people in communities and those working with them
The briefing is informed by CHEX’s discussions with a range of people with varied experience and insights around evidence. They include people from community-led health organisations as well as researchers and others working in the field of evidence. Their own “evidence journeys” are presented in the briefing as mini case studies.
To view or download the briefing as a pdf, or for further information, please visit the CHEX website.