The Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) brings together leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the National Health Service, social care and public health.

We develop rigorous research evidence to support innovation in health and social care policy.

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From the blog

Emily Gustafsson-Wright describes the potential benefits of social and development impact bonds across the globe. Read more>>

Tommaso Manacorda suggests a rethink about the use of the Friends & Family Test in primary care. Read more>>

James Barlow writes about the need to develop a global health innovation index. Read more>>

Zaid Chalabi discusses the use of mathematical modelling to help design pilots. Read more>>

Latest news

PIRU and the SRA are organising a conference on "Systems perspectives on policy development and evaluation". The conference will be held on 26 June 2018 in London. Further details and registration are available here>>

PIRU presented at the Department of Health on using a systems perspective for evidence informed decision-making. The slides are available here>>

A new article looking at the views and experiences of social care staff on Direct Payments in Residential Care Trailblazers is available online >>

Project Focus

Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation

PIRU is carrying out a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers to help build the evidence base on what works best in delivering integrated care in different contexts. Following completion of a qualitative early evaluation,
the longer-term evaluation will look at outcomes and cost-effectiveness.