Our approach to evaluation is pragmatic, working with clients to develop a tailored strategy that assesses the extent to which a programme has achieved its desired outcomes and impacts. Our evaluations enable meaningful learning from the process of introducing new services, models of care or quality improvements to inform both service delivery improvements and future commissioning decisions.
What we do
Most evaluations will include several broad objectives:
- Describing the nature of the programme
- Reviewing the activity of the programme
- Reviewing participant outcomes
- Assessing satisfaction with the programme from the perspective of key stakeholders
- Identifying areas for improvement
Before we carry out any evaluation we typically design a bespoke process for the particular projects or programmes using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods. This may involve developing a standard evaluation framework, supported by a logic model, to identify information that will need to be collected and establish baseline data which can later be compared with participant outcomes to assess their impact.
As well as conducting independent evaluations of individual projects or programmes we also provide expert advice to support health and social care programmes to assess and strengthen their evaluation methodology.
Why choose SPH?
We have extensive experience over many years in working with health and social care commissioners to evaluate projects and programmes. Some recent examples of our work are given below.