Making sure we understand what works to improve the quality of healthcare is a central part of everything we do at the Health Foundation.
We evaluate our programmes to provide sound evidence of the effects they have demonstrated, and to better understand how these effects work. We use evaluation findings to inform health care providers, commissioners and policy makers about learning from the programmes.
We evaluate our programmes for three main reasons – to assess, describe and explain:
Our evaluations help us to:
We commission academic research teams or consultants to assess the effectiveness of our ideas for improving the quality of healthcare. Using external teams means they can have greater objectivity, and also means we can access a wider range of expertise.
Our evaluators design their work to:
Our evaluators also help develop a culture of measurement within our programmes. Working with technical providers, they support demonstration sites to collect data, and analyse it, and to carry out self-evaluation of their work.
We communicate the findings of our studies to healthcare decision-makers and provide a forum for analysis and debate around quality and health system performance issues.