Evaluation theme

Evaluation is a cross cutting theme that supports the wider work of the Centre by providing expertise in evaluation and supporting knowledge exchange and consultancy work. There is an ever increasing demand for evidence to inform practice and commissioning decisions. Our theme contributes to this evidence base by delivering high quality evaluative research and service evaluation in health and social care. We have a broad and inclusive membership of clinicians, academics and managers and can draw on health economic expertise.

Research focus

The aim of our research is to improve patient care and outcomes across the patient pathway by providing evidence to inform practice, innovation, quality improvement, service design and delivery and commissioning decisions. This includes not only undertaking research that reflects national and local priorities but also translating this evidence into practice.

We have a record of successful completion of robust and relevant research, with publications in high quality international journals (eg, Journal of Advanced Nursing, British Journal of General Practice and the International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance).

Members of our group have received grant support from National Institute for Health Research and Research Councils (MRC/ESRC/EPSRC), Department of Health, European Science Foundation, Health Foundation, local organisations (Bristol City Council, Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG) and charities (MacMillan Cancer Support, Prostate Cancer UK) WEAHSN, and CLAHRC West.

Current funded projects

  • SPATIAL - A feasibility Study of Prisms and Therapy in Attention Loss after Stroke: The evaluation theme members are providing support (process evaluation) to a feasibility study funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit fund,  being led by University of Manchester.
  • Mental Health evaluation: This project uses a mixed methodology to evaluate the implementation of a new 24 hour service providing mental health care in two acute hospital trusts.
  • Quality improvement training: The implementation of quality improvement training in one hospital has been evaluated by members of the evaluation team.
  • Together for Short Lives Consultancy: This work forms part of the national evaluation of the Improving Transitions for Young People Fund (IT4YPF) programme.

Theme lead

Professor Pam Moule.

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