Public health policy and practice that improves population health and reduces health inequalities are the goals of the Institute of Public Health (IPH). The translation of the best available evidence into effective and efficient public health policy and practice is its core business.
A rigorous, systematic and inclusive approach
As the figure below shows, IPH adopts a rigorous and systematic approach to the development and application of relevant health knowledge.
Figure: A framework for translating research into policy and practice
Working closely with government, health and social services agencies, the community and voluntary sector, and the general public is a central feature of its approach. IPH has established close ties with universities and colleges across the island as part of its effort to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do.
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Conducting relevant research and data analysis
IPH contributes to the knowledge base by conducting relevant research and data analysis on a range of public health priorities aligned to its strategic objectives. This work includes
Developing estimates and forecasts of the population prevalence of chronic conditions
Monitoring health inequalities their determinants and consequences
Developing and evaluating public health policies, programmes and interventions
Reviewing the health impacts of a range of factors such as education and transport
Increasing access to relevant health knowledge
In addition to building the knowledge base, IPH helps policy makers and practitioners access, manage and share information they need. IPH manages a number of unique health information websites that bring together the information resources - of different types covering a broad range of factors – that are needed to develop and manage effective systems-wide approaches to complex health problems. These include
IPH also helps policy makers and practitioners use this information to develop better policy and to improve other public health and clinical practice. For example; it
Supports groups wishing to undertake a health impact assessments of local and national initiatives
Contributes to key strategic groups charged with the development of national policy and strategy, and responds to public consultations undertaken by others
Provides online mapping and charting tools to help users explore the local, national and international health related numerical data
Building research and information infrastructure across the island
To strengthen the capacity of the public health community to effectively use information, IPH provides training and resources in
The use of its health information websites and online data tools
The development, operation and evaluation of effective partnerships
Supports a number of public health related communities of interest
Ireland and Northern Ireland’s Population Health Observatory (INIsPHO)