Leapfrog in Lancaster has been working towards supporting the analysis of the data captured by tools used at Healthtalk, an annual engagement event originally scheduled to be run on Saturday 26th November by Public Health and Healthwatch at Blackburn with Darwen Council. 

As part of the project, Mike Rawsterne and Ben Pearson both attended a creative session on Monday 21st November at Lancaster University.  The focus of the session was to specifically see how Leapfrog could assist with the analysis of the data and come up with ideas for tools and techniques to enhance analysis so outcomes from the event are evidence based and impartial.   One of the ways we approached this, was to ask Mike to map what he did before an event to prepare for the report, what he did during the event to prepare for the report and what he did after the event to prepare the report.  The most significant insight here was that Mike wanted to gather data that could be fed into a narrative about the people who use health provision. This would cover where they have come from, how they arrived at where they are now and where they are going.

The need to record data that produces a narrative was recorded as one of the key aims of the analysis tool.  The other aims included inclusivity, clarity for participants and facilitators, clarity that health affects people all the time and provides ownerships of decisions and representation of different people.  Due to the lack of time, we acknowledged that some of these aims would be transferred to the next major Leapfrog research project, ‘Rigorous Stories’ rather than this short project, ‘Healthy Stories’.

The plan for the activities to take place during the event had already been decided by the planning team for the event.  The decision was to use Leapfrog’s target control tool to help groups indicate how they felt about 36 health topics by placing them under three headings according to how important the services were to them. Both during and before the session, Leapfrog and Ben made suggestions for ways this activity could be improved, as well as additional activities to vary the data collected.

With the information we had, we came up with some ideas that could support the analysis of the data.  These included the use of photographs in the report document, taking the information to other groups to see what they think, making it more accessible to the public, making it more visual.  More specifically, we discussed a tool to make a one page infographic summary of data or an event, photographs of people holding up the data and a structure of prompts to build a narrative or case study.

The session was quick-​paced and productive.  It became clear to us that even though our focus was on supporting the analysis of the data, it would be difficult to decide how to analyse it without firm decisions on the form of the activities taking place.  Also, if the aim was to use the data to communicate a narrative for the people who use health provision, the activities would have to be structured to collect rich data on narrative. 

Since this event, we have been informed that the Healthtalk event due to be held on the 26th November has been cancelled and we waiting to find out if it will be rescheduled and how this effects the project.