With Know Injury entering into its fourth year of operation, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the first three years of the program and to thank those individuals and organisations that have participated in the evaluation of Know Injury. Your participation in the Know Injury evaluation has provided insight into program activities, delivery, successes, and of course opportunities to better support people working within injury prevention.
The Know Injury program is developed in line with its three pillars of KNOW, LEARN, CONNECT. Each pillar offering support to achieve the Know Injury vision for evidence-informed injury prevention and community safety activities to be delivered by a knowledgeable, skilled and connected workforce. This is achieved through trainings, resources, networks and advocacy for the workforce to increase awareness, knowledge and skills in relation to injury prevention.
To evaluate the Know Injury program, Injury Matters engaged with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University and implemented a mixed-methods approach to evaluate the impact over the three-year term. The methods included interviews with health professionals, organisational case studies, an in-depth document analysis and a desktop review of the activities, and training and network surveys.
Overall, the impact evaluation reported a high awareness and accessibility to the Know Injury program, particularly in relation to the Knowledge Hub (website) and associated information-based resources, such as the resource kits. Engagement through multiple modalities was identified to help form the foundation of Know Injury and promote injury prevention strategies to health professionals, particularly through the different networking groups (Regional Network Group and CONNECT.ed) and online webinars. Trainings that involved the delivery of high quality data and applicable health promotion skills were recognised as important components for capacity building. The evaluation highlighted Know Injury’s commitment to an evidence-based approach and increased regional capacity to implement health promotion skills.
Constraints to participation in the Know Injury program included competing organisational priorities for injury prevention, financial barriers, changes in staff, and insufficient time and finances. Evaluation findings confirmed the challenge of providing training to a diverse skill level across different sector agencies.
Future recommendations for the Know Injury program include:
- Continue trainings in a variety of modes and expand methods to translate knowledge to the workforce;
- Utilise the WA Health Promotion Strategic framework 2017-2021 to identify and support opportunities to expand and advocate for injury prevention to be prioritised in organisations;
- Methods to improve efficiencies in delivery of work include the new Public Health Act, Local Government community safety plans and continued partnerships; and
- Continue engagement with partner organisations and the co-collaboration of resources and training events.
All of the feedback provided will help shape the future direction of the Know Injury program, so thank you to all evaluation respondents. The infographic outlines highlights of Know Injury from 2014-2017.