Evaluation – making it timely, useful, independent and rigorous
Policy-makers and researchers are struggling to identify approaches to evaluation that maximise its usefulness in the policy-making process, while also supporting its independence and rigour.
This one-day conference, the first in a series on different aspects of policy and programme evaluation, brings together researchers and policy-makers committed to using evaluation to improve the quality of policy and practice. It aims to focus their knowledge and insights to identify the ingredients of ‘success’ as well as case studies of ‘good practice’.
A short report will be published capturing insights from the meeting, as well as commentaries from the main speakers. The aim is to link this to articles in the specialist and mainstream media with the highlights from the conference concerning the opportunities and challenges offered by evaluation as one important way of improving policy making.
This conference is sponsored by PIRU along with the Public Health Research Consortium and the NIHR School for Public Health Research.
|Registration and coffee
|Welcome – Nicholas Mays, LSHTM and Director, PIRU
|Responsiveness and involvement with policy and policy-makers
Chair: James Barlow, Imperial College London and PIRU
Real-time evaluation: a trade-off between timeliness and rigour?
How, when and whether to feedback interim findings: the case of drug trials
Evaluation between objectivity and engagement: reflections on three years
|Generalisability and transferability of findings from evaluation
Chair: Stefanie Ettelt, LSHTM and PIRU
What is context and when and why does it matter for evaluation?
Modelling and simulation in evaluation as a tool for decision-making
Policy development and the politics of evaluation?
|General discussion, including potential topics for future meetings on evaluation
|The role of evaluation in health policy-making
Anna Dixon, Chief Analyst and Director of Strategy, Department of Health
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