Help us Demystify Health Metrics

We have been awarded funding to develop a ‘Demystifying Health Metrics’ publication for the Valuing Nature Programme.

Guidance on what Health Metrics are, how and when to use them, and what they are used for is one of the key concerns of the Valuing Nature Community. Appropriate use of health metrics is vital to demonstrating the value of the natural environment for human health & wellbeing.

The Health Metrics document will provide an overview to using measures of health & wellbeing to demonstrate the value of the natural environment for human health & wellbeing. The report is intended as an introduction for a broad audience of researchers and users of research, who are not specialists in Health Metrics.


Help us ensure the document is useful!

We hope to engage the wider community in putting together the document. We need to better understand the target audience(s) and their ‘demystifying health metrics’ requirements.

Tell us what you think through the Demystifying Health Metrics survey

The Demystifying Health Metrics survey asks four questions:

  • What elements of ‘Health Metrics’ do you think need demystifying?
  • What are the drivers of your use or interest in Health Metrics?
  • What key health metrics have you used and for what purpose?
  • Do you have any good examples of guidance relating to the development, choice, or application and analysis of Health Metrics?

For those interested in contributing to the Valuing Nature Demystifying Health Metrics document further there will be opportunities over the next months to take part in the co-development of the paper and resource by reviewing and commenting upon an initial draft version of the paper.

You are welcome to contribute as much as you feel you can and can withdraw at any point and all contributions will be acknowledged on the Demystifying Health Metrics paper.

Background to the Health Metrics paper

The co-produced document will demystify ‘Health Metrics’. The paper will have sections which will synthesise and integrate knowledge and understanding from multiple disciplinary perspectives and will be informed by the expertise of stakeholders from policy, practice and academic sectors. It will provide a simple but practical guide to what Health Metrics are, clarifying how they are developed, selected and applied for different purposes, and how they are, or could be used to guide decision making. The paper will signpost resources with more detailed guidance on the use of Health Metrics. Complementing the paper will be a database of exemplar Health Metrics for use across the community. The paper is currently being written for a general audience.

If you have any queries, please contact or visit the VNP demystifying health metrics web page.


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