Project Management Office and Health Literacy Policy Analysis (PMOplus)

The Project Management Office (PMO) is a pipeline project responsible for the scientific and technical management and coordination of the consortium. The PMO comprises the consortium coordinator, the deputy coordinator, and the manager (PMs).

The technical goals of the PMO can be summarised as followed:

  • to support the coordinator in the implementation of the consortium’s overall objectives and activities
  • to ensure compliance with the expected scientific goals of the subprojects, including liaison, reporting and exchange with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Project Management Agency (DLR)
  • to carry out efficient technical and scientific management (day-to-day management)
  • to ensure overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management
  • to drive planning, scheduling, controlling and closing activities related to all scientific and technical processes
  • to set-up up quality assurance and monitoring of HLCA, including a Project Quality Plan (PQP), risk management, and assurance of the effective attainment of the subproject’s milestones and tracking and comparing the consortium work and results against the work plan
  • to establish a Steering Committee (SC), a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and a Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB)
  • to enhance networking and capacity building, including international meetings and grant proposal writing with national and international partners in response to open calls from the European Commission (Horizon2020: ITN, Cost) and the BMBF
  • to synthesise consortium results in collaboration with the SynthHLCA subproject
  • to attempt continuous outreach, dissemination, and exploitation of the research results.

PMOplus is also dedicated to scientific research questions in relation to health literacy policies and thereby focusses on how available health literacy policies address the enhancement of health literacy in children and adolescents.

The research goals:

  • Systematic literature search on health literacy policies and analysis how they address the promotion of health literacy in children and adolescents
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis of identified policies
  • Qualitative interviews und Delphi study with policy and decision makers,
  • Development of best practices,
  • Dissemination: advocacy und policy dialogues,
  • Research transfer, exploitation and dissemination

PMOplus will specifically carry out research on available health literacy-related policies on national and international levels, which address children and adolescents. As the focus of the HLCA consortium is mostly on intervention research that aims at addressing decision makers, the findings from this research module will contribute to the evidence for good policy measures. With a clear focus on policy research, the consortium responds to recent governmental and NGO policies addressing the promotion of health literacy. This is best portrayed by international summary reports of national health literacy policies within the European Region and the world and various declarations published by NGOs. Although health literacy is on the agenda of many policy reports, children and adolescents are often marginalised in policy-making, with only few exceptions given, which arise mostly from educational policies and approaches. The main objective of this policy research module is to gather information, compile evidence, and report on good policy practices on health literacy or literacy related health promotion for children and adolescents, which can be recommended to the German and the international settings. Methodologically, the research will focus on (1) literature reviews aiming at identifying and analysing available programmes and measures as well as good practices in developing and implementing those strategies, including analysis of their effectiveness and success in accomplishing predefined goals. Policies to be screened will include, e.g. public health, medical, social, and educational policy documents. Additionally, (2) policy and decision-makers involved in the development and implementation of these policies on regional, national, and international levels will be interviewed to learn about challenges they have faced, requirements of health literacy policies, and practices that support effective policy action. Experts will be recruited from e.g. representatives of national and federal ministries, members of the European Council, NGO members and activists, or health and non-health professionals and practitioners. PMOplus will closely collaborate with the Tool-HLCA subproject which assesses non-policy health literacy interventions addressing children and adolescents. In addition, the findings of the PMOplus will be integrated into the Tool-HLCA intervention toolbox. Findings will be disseminated through a policy check-list, that includes good practices and lessons learned as well as via policy briefs and dialogues with decision-makers to foster adoption and implementation of health literacy policy action. For this purpose, PMOplus will draw on current established collaborations, as with the project on developing a National Action Plan for Health Literacy in Germany (NAP-HL, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation). While the NAP-HL project focuses on the general population, the PMOplus will focus on children and adolescents. Therefore, this subproject will systematically map the field and provide evidence for good health literacy policies. During the research progress, the findings will be made available to the members of consortium.

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