Resources for researchers

Collecting data to measure dissemination reach

The Center for Work, Health, and Well-being website is a channel for disseminating research on Total Worker Health to a diverse audience of researchers and practitioners. The Center recently released new Guidelines for Implementing an Integrated Approach to support organizational efforts to include worker health, safety, and wellbeing in the workplace.

To measure the extent to which the Guidelines were being accessed, HCC created a pop-up that collects minimal data from people who want to download the PDF. The information only needs to be entered once--the site recognizes when a user returns. The Center is able to track the number of downloads, identify people’s organizational affiliations, and collect contact information for potential qualitative follow-up. No data is required from people who want to download the Executive Summary.

Since its publication in October 2017, the Guidelines have been downloaded more than 550 times.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Work, Health, & Well-being is one of six Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to build the scientific evidence base through research and practice that aims to improve the overall safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers.

Dissemination planning starts early

HCC works with clients to identify dissemination needs at the inception of each project to ensure future-facing results--whether that requires an outreach strategy to let people know about a resource’s availability, or website compatibility with a next-phase technology environment.