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Evaluation: an Introduction (Healthcare and Public Health) (Online)

  • 3 hours per week (12 in total)
  • 4 weeks
  • 07 May 2019

Overview

This four-week online course aims to equip healthcare and public health staff to undertake a pragmatic evaluation of a local service or intervention.

It covers evaluation design, collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data, and approaches to disseminating evaluation findings.

No previous knowledge of evaluation, or experience of study design and statistics, is required.

(A face-to-face version of this course is also available.)

This course is organised by NIHR CLAHRC North Thames. CLAHRCs are partnerships between universities, health and other organisations which have come together to conduct ground-breaking research that will have a direct impact on the health of patients and the public.

Course content

During the course you'll look at the following topics:

  • Different types of evaluation, including their pros and cons
  • How to select suitable methods and approaches for evaluating a local programme or service
  • Practical skills and tips in using evaluation methods and approaches
  • Ways of sharing your evaluation findings to make an impact

Who this course is for

The workshop is aimed at those who work in:

  • NHS trusts
  • clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • local authorities

It's suitable for those with limited experience of conducting service evaluations.

It's not aimed at academics or researchers.

You should have an evaluation that you may need to carry out in mind when you attend this course.

Teaching and structure

Teaching will be delivered entirely online, over four weeks, by expert tutors. You’ll learn as part of a cohort by watching videocasts, interacting through activities and questions and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step.

Learning outcomes will be met by using examples of real evaluations from CCGs, NHS and local authority settings.

Throughout the course you'll work to develop a plan for an evaluation you need to conduct.

Certification

You'll receive a certificate of completion if you undertake at least 80% of the course activities.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • explain the different types of evaluation that are appropriate for different projects
  • identify evaluation methods and approaches that are suitable for the evaluation of a local programme
  • undertake an evaluation of a local programme

Cost and concessions

The fee is:

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Course team

Professor Naomi Fulop

Naomi has an international reputation in health policy and management. Her research interests are at the interface between health policy and service delivery, management and organisation of health care. They include a focus on relationships between, and configurations of, health care organisations, the management of major system change, governance systems, and the quality and safety of health care. Her research and expertise have been used by the Healthcare Commission, the National Leadership Council, DH and NICE.


Dr Victoria Newton

Victoria is the CLAHRC Academy Lecturer. She's an applied health researcher, with a special interest in qualitative methods. Her research area is sexual and reproductive health and her most recent project examined barriers to the uptake of intrauterine contraception in general practice.


Dr Helen Barratt

Helen is a consultant in public health medicine and a health services researcher. She is a member of the CLAHRC research partnership team, and Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health care and public health services.


Student review

"Fantastic day overall! Best summary of evaluation I've ever encountered. Very well done." (Former participant)


Course information last modified: 20 Nov 2018, 11:54

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