Frequently asked questions
What counts as an innovation or intervention?
We will evaluate ideas, processes, products, or procedures designed to significantly benefit the patients, healthcare professionals or the wider health system. Examples include:
- Vaccine buses
- Health screening tools
- New patient pathways
- Resident COVID-19 helplines
- Make Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative
- Community ambassadors
- Pharmacy hubs
- Staff retention schemes
- Co-produced community mental health projects
- New dashboards
- Remote monitoring apps
What types of programmes are eligible?
We are keen to evaluate:
- Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Depression or Cancer services;
- New ways of working or governance introduced during the pandemic;
- Telemedicine or remote monitoring services.
What type(s) of evaluation?
We can undertake evaluation research to answer a range of questions including:
- What is the feasibility and acceptability of a new or modified activity?
- Are activities are being implemented as intended?
- What are the barriers and facilitators to service delivery?
- Were healthcare professionals who received intensive training more likely to effectively counsel, screen and treat patients than those who did not?
- Did the implementation of a co-designed community-based intervention result in increased knowledge and awareness in the target population?
- Who benefits the most from a programme, service, or activity?
- Did the intervention have any unintended (beneficial or adverse) effects on the target population(s)?
How does it work?
We aim to undertake each evaluation rapidly and provide findings within four-six months. Each evaluation follows a simple cycle shown in the figure above.
What are the benefits?
The RHS project conducts evaluations to benefit those delivering the innovation or intervention. Evaluation findings are often used to:
- Modify plans before full implementation;
- Maximise the likelihood that a programme or project will succeed;
- Provide early warning for problems that may occur;
- Monitor how well plans and activities are working;
- Understand if the intervention or innovation is effective in meeting its objectives;
- Provide evidence for policy and funding decisions.