DIY Health Project Evaluation

  • Research Project Team

    • Jessica Deighton
    • Julian Edbrooke-Childs
    • Isobel Fleming
    • Miranda Wolpert
    • Helen Gleeson


    • Monical Lakhanpaul - DIY Health Principle Investigator (UCLP)
    • Carol Irish - Health Visitor Fellow (UCLP)
    • Emma Cassells - Project Coordinator (Bromley by Bow Health Partnership)


  • Background

    We are leading an evaluation of DIY Health. The DIY Health model was developed with the aim of using co-production as the mechanism of action to improve the skills, knowledge and confidence of parents in managing minor ailments (coughs, colds, diarrhoea and vomiting, fever, feeding and ear infections) in children under the age of 5.

    It is delivered through 12 weekly 2 hour sessions which aim to pool together the skills, knowledge and abilities of participants to create opportunities and solve problems under the supervision of a core specialist multidisciplinary team of facilitators. The delivery team includes a Health Visitor, a learning tutor and Children’s Centre play workers who help co-design a flexible curriculum based on relevant themes identified both by health professionals and patients.

    The target population includes parents of children under the age of 5 who have accessed GP or Out of Hours services 4 or more times over the previous 6 months for minor ailments. The evaluation aims to assess the impact of DIY Health sessions on participants and the extent to which attendance fulfilled the overall project aims.

  • Aims

    • To investigate whether attending DIY Health sessions leads to a reduction in visits to general practice (GP) for minor ailments among parents of under 5 year olds.
    • To assess the extent to which DIY Health participants feel listened to during sessions and feel they have the opportunity to influence the topics covered within sessions.
    • To assess changes in skills, knowledge and confidence among parents in managing their children’s health.
    • To identify barriers and facilitators to implementing the DIY Health model
  • Methodology

    The evaluation team will be analysing the following data sources in order to achieve the evaluation aims:

    • Routinely collected attendance data (based on GP clinical database extractions)
    • Questionnaires collecting data on: overall goals and progress, pre and post session confidence in managing weekly health topics, opinions about each session, the extent to which participants felt listened to and able to influence the content of sessions.
    • In depth interviews and focus groups with DIY Health participants and members of the delivery team
    • Observation notes and reflective notes from the DIY Health delivery team