STRIVE website and social media

26 August 2014
Annie Holmes

The Knowledge into Action team have been learning a lot about how and why STRIVE’s virtual resources are used and could improve.

Our site analysis showed us that from July 2013 to June 2014 over 5,000 unique users accessed the STRIVE site, joining over 10,000 users from the 12 months before, and together downloading nearly 2,300 resources during over 38,000 visits.

That’s a lot of traffic. It tells us that STRIVE is sharing useful information and achieving considerable reach across many parts of the world.

STRIVE aims to disseminate information of use to those working on the structural drivers of HIV – researchers, programme implementers, donors, policy makers and others – but also to bring greater awareness to the HIV field as whole that this angle on the epidemic exists and is garnering increasing attention.

To achieve these aims, STRIVE

  • produces a monthly Digest – subscribe here
  • holds free, virtual, monthly Learning Labs – subscribe to the invitation here
  • tweets a wide range of relevant research and other resources – follow us on Twitter

In their very positive responses to a July 2014 survey, Digest readers told us that this e-newsletter provides:

  • “valuable evidence”
  • “a fantastic resource”
  • “a comprehensive source of information on the work of the consortium members and the latest in the field of HIV … from all over the world”
  • “good technical content plus important news of the RPC”

Readers had requests and suggestions too – which we will do our best to implement. These included:

  • “Continue to keep it short and snappy, with electronic links for those who want to know more”
  • “Say more about difficulties and problems, and how these are being overcome”
  • “Include more practical content alongside research reports … the struggle is often in translation of great research into practical application … I would love to see more case studies, training resources, project examples”
  • “Flag meetings before they happen rather than after”
  • “Provide a few more resources”
  • “More videos?”
  • “Link directly to articles rather than to a link on the STRIVE website first”
  • “Label ‘older’ resources explicitly”

What’s your take on STRIVE web and social media presence? We welcome not only your annie.holmesatlshtm.ac.uk (feedback) but also your suggestions for Learning Labs and your news about research, policies and programmes on the structural factors shaping HIV.