Contract tracing apps on smartphones are part of the government’s test and trace system for controlling the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. PIRU is carrying out a longitudinal study looking at public attitudes towards, and use of, the NHS contract tracing app.Read more >>
In the context of developing Integrated Care Systems in England, this project examines similar service innovations in other European countries in order to better understand the factors that promote or hinder their implementation and sustainability.
This programme aims to improve the services and support available to children and young people with mental health problems by enhancing provisions within school and college settings. PIRU, in collaboration with the BRACE Centre, is carrying out a two-stage evaluation of the programme.Read more >>
Variation in food provision in early childcare settings is likely to lead to differences in nutritional health for children aged under 5. PIRU’s study will look at the role of early years settings in food provision and nutrition and at inequalities in access to healthy food for young children.Read more >>
There is a lack of understanding among the general population about how the current social care system is organised and funded. This project aims to look at public attitudes to different options for funding social care in England, using focus groups and a nationally representative survey.Read more >>
The UK Five Year Anti-Microbial Resistance Strategy, 2013-2018, aims to slow the development and spread of anti-microbial resistance (AMR). PIRU carried out an evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy and the key mechanisms of change identified in the Strategy.Read more >>
The national programme of Integrated Care Pioneers aimed to stimulate greater partnership working across the NHS and local government in order to integrate health, social care and other public services. PIRU has been evaluating health and social care integration in the 25 Pioneer sites since 2013.Read more >>
This project examined how personalised care is understood and put into practice in care homes in England, and the challenges of doing. It included a literature review, an examination of policy documents, and interviews with care home managers and owners.Read more >>
Terrorist attacks are increasingly frequent global phenomena with wide-reaching behavioural, health and economic consequences, affecting both directly and indirectly exposed individuals and their families, as well as society as a whole. PIRU and PSSRU were asked to evaluate the Screen and Treat Programme set up by DH to support UK citizens affected by recent terrorist attacks.
England is experiencing higher summer temperatures due to global warming, and high temperatures can lead to increases in mortality and morbidity. In 2004, the Government introduced the Heatwave Plan for England (HWP) which aims to prevent the avoidable effects on health of severe heat. PIRU was asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the HWP and how it is implemented at local level.Read more >>
The 100,000 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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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, carried out an evaluation of nine SIB ‘Trailblazers’.Read more >>