Tackling Data: Public Health Data Needs Assessment

Iowa Public Health Data Needs Assessment coverThe Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) was contracted by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in October 2016 to conduct a public health data needs assessment to better understand the needs of stakeholders and the role of the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal. A mixed methods assessment that engaged multiple stakeholders from multiple sectors through a combination of online surveys, focus group sessions, individual interviews and portal analytics was conducted. The results of this assessment include short term and long-term recommendations to guide further development and resource assignment to the public health data needs of stakeholders.

From this assessment, the IIPHRP in collaboration with the IDPH have developed  “Tackling Data” trainings.   The IIPHRP in collaboration with the Midwestern Public Health Training Center have developed a range of instructional videos about data terms and concepts with funding support from the IDPH. 

Click here to read the Iowa Public Health Data Needs Assessment!