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Undertaking an information needs assessment -a practice guide
Funded by
Public Health England
Date19 July 2016
Year 2016
In a project that was supported and funded by Public Health England from 2015-2016, the UK Health Forum has developed a practice guide to undertaking information needs assessments (INA). 
Information and evidence that public health practitioners require to inform their work can be difficult and time consuming to find.  By conducting INAs, knowledge and library services can ensure their services are fitting user needs, address barriers to information access and use the results to support service developments. 
The toolkit has been designed to be simple to use and enables people to build their own assessment by selecting questions from the ready made question bank.  It is primarily designed for knowledge and library services, but can be used by anyone who is responsible for building and developing information products and services in public health, for example; websites, repositories, blogs, library websites, print and electronic resources.   It can be used to carry out small or large scale assessments, for example a small local team working in weight management, the membership or staff of an organisation, a specific role within public health or a topic. 
The toolkit is available as a free download from the UK Health Forum website. 
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