Current projects

We ‘co-produce’ evidence with policy-makers to inform the early stages of policy-making, subjecting initiatives to thorough examination using routine datasets. We focus on evaluation methods, particularly of pilots. Our team supports implementation of initiatives through close work with policy and analytical staff at the Department of Health.

Using the Friends and Family Test for service improvement in general practice
Using the Friends and Family Test for service improvement in general practice

The FFT, which provides patient feedback in ‘real time’, has been used within NHS acute hospitals since 2013 and was rolled out to general practice in 2015. PIRU was asked to investigate whether and how the FFT is used by general practice to improve services.

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Evaluation of the implementation of the UK AMR Strategy
Evaluation of the implementation of the UK AMR Strategy

PIRU is evaluating the implementation of the UK Anti-Microbial Resistance Strategy. The Strategy aims to slow the development and spread of organisms resistant to antibiotics. The first stage of the evaluation is a scoping study.

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Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation
Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation

The national programme of Integrated Care Pioneers aims to stimulate greater partnership working across the NHS and local government in order to integrate health, social care and other public services. Following a qualitative early evaluation over 18 months, in July 2015 PIRU began a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers which will look at outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

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Supporting people with dementia using technology
Supporting people with dementia using technology

The growing number of people with dementia is increasing pressure on the health and care system. The use of technology may improve their outcomes and contain costs. PIRU looked at the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technology for supporting people with dementia, and examined the economic case for investing in such technology.

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The legacy of policy piloting
The legacy of policy piloting

This project examines the long-term effects of national pilot schemes on local implementation sites.

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Integrated Personal Commissioning programme scoping study and early evaluation
Integrated Personal Commissioning programme scoping study and early evaluation

The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme enables people with long term needs to bring together their health and social care funding, and gives them greater control over how this is spent. The programme is being developed in several areas in England, and PIRU is carrying out an early evaluation of the programme.

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Understanding participation in genomics research
Understanding participation in genomics research

The 100K Genome Project will collect genetic data from people with rare diseases and with common cancers in order to help us learn more about the causes of different diseases and develop new treatments. The aim is to include 100,000 people. PRIU has been asked to undertake a qualitative project to understand more fully why patients and health care staff agree to take part in genomics research.

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Improving evaluation methods
Improving evaluation methods

PIRU undertakes methodological projects to contribute to the development of better methods for policy and programme evaluation. For example, we have examined the challenge posed by the potential for selection bias when using quasi-experimental evaluation designs. We also look more widely at how decisions about the organisation of pilots has implications for the role of evaluation.

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Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care
Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new financing mechanism for tackling complex social issues where investors cover the upfront costs for the interventions implemented by service providers and the government commissioner commits to pay a return on investment, if pre-defined desired outcomes are reached. PIRU, in partnership with RAND Europe, is carrying out an evaluation of nine ‘trailblazers’ as they develop a SIB project.

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Developing a global index of health care innovation
Developing a global index of health care innovation

PIRU is undertaking scoping work as a precursor to developing a global health care innovation index, which would enable countries to be compared in terms of their capabilities for developing and adopting health care innovations.

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Direct Payments in Residential Care evaluation
Direct Payments in Residential Care evaluation

The Department of Health invited local councils to become Trailblazers for direct payments (DPs) for people in residential care. DPs are cash payments with which people can buy care, intended to enable care home residents to exercise more choice. The overall aim of this study is to evaluate the introduction of DPs for residential care in the Trailblazers.

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Public Health Responsibility Deal evaluation
Public Health Responsibility Deal evaluation

We are evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal, which is a partnership between the Government and business to promote healthier lifestyles, eating and drinking, physical activity and health at work.

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Department of Health policy pilots: how the purpose of piloting matters for evaluation and learning
Department of Health policy pilots: how the purpose of piloting matters for evaluation and learning

This project examined how and why policy pilots are initiated, and how decisions about the organisation of pilots influence opportunities for evaluation.

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