Goals, interim targets and evaluation

There are three overarching goals, defined in the WoMHeR network, to be achieved in the next ten years. They focus closely on cooperation with relevant target groups, such as patients and their relatives. 

Goals and interim targets

More knowledge and awareness to promote women’s mental health

  • description of problems and knowledge gaps
  • historical and contemporary background, demographic changes and trends
  • identification of subgroups, risk groups and power structures
  • costs to society and individuals
  • processes such as legacy and environment; resilience and vulnerability; connections between thoughts, behaviours and feelings, on the one hand, and biological processes on the other; and how internal and external demands are associated
  • development of methods to boost inclusion of various perspectives, such as those of women born abroad, migrants and women with severe mental illnesses.

Identifying and evaluating paths to prevention and intervention

  • developing and implementing new methods for diagnostics, prevention, treatment and monitoring
  • developing and implementing new interventions
  • assessment and demonstration of improved and retained mental health and quality of life
  • evaluating options in terms of cost-effectiveness and health economics.

Recognised knowledge centre for research, public agencies and citizens

  • an interdisciplinary knowledge base and advisory service for interested parties, such as schools, health care facilities, student health and social services, public agencies, employers and legislators
  • cooperation with the community
  • communication with easily intelligible messages and cooperation in suitable forums such as Almedalen Week, the University’s Uppsala Health Summit, Åsikt Uppsala (“Opinion Uppsala”) and debate articles
  • educational programmes
  • international research collaborations and networks
  • establishment of a Clinical Center of Excellence at Uppsala University Hospital
  • funding from external grant providers for the centres and related projects

EVALUATION

WoMHeR will be regularly evaluated by an international group of experts forming an international advisory board. The Centre will be monitored with respect to its finances, scientific quality, doctoral student turnover, postgraduate research education, network activities, education and cooperation with the community at large.