Advancing Applied Analytics

This funding programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • Our Advancing Applied Analytics is aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services.
  • In each round of the programme, we have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams across the UK over 15 months.
  • The programme will open for applications in Winter 2019.

Good quality analysis and the ability to use information effectively is an essential element in any learning health care system. Analysis can help shape care for individual patients as well as informing decisions for services or across organisations and health systems.

Aims

The Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

We support analysts who work on local innovative and ambitious projects that improve analytical capability in support of health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system. 

In each round we have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 good quality projects that:

  • improve analytical capability and can show how this will support better care in the future
  • are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation including local authorities, though partnerships with other groups and sectors are welcome
  • could benefit from funding of up to £75,000 per project for a maximum duration of 15 months.

We don’t focus on specific themes and consider applications from a broad range of areas, provided these can demonstrate improvements in analytical capability. We are especially interested in projects that address the capability deficiencies we identified in our recent report Understanding analytical capability in health care. For example:

  • better understand and structure the problems faced by managers/clinicians 
  • access and understand the evidence and information that can be brought to bear on a problem
  • apply appropriate and robust methods to manipulate information and data
  • communicate findings accurately and clearly.


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Application process

In the third round of this programme we have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 good quality projects that: 

  • improve analytical capability and can show how this will support better care in the future
  • are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation including local authorities, though partnerships with other groups and sectors are welcome
  • could benefit from funding of up to £75,000 per project 
  • starts no later than September 2019 for a maximum duration of 15 months.

We are willing to consider applications on a broad range of topics, provided these can demonstrate how they will lead to improvements in analytical capability. We are interested in projects that address the capability deficiencies we identified in our report Understanding analytical capability in health care. For example:

  • better understand and structure the problems faced by managers/clinicians  
  • access and understand the evidence and information that can be brought to bear on a problem 
  • apply appropriate and robust methods to manipulate information and data 
  • communicate findings accurately and clearly.

For this round, we are especially interested in:

  1. Projects that help senior managers and clinicians understand the value of better analytics. So, for example we are keen to support initiatives that test out innovative approaches to engaging senior staff in data analytics. 
  2. Projects that demonstrate a clear path from the initial project to longer-term and sustainable changes beyond the life of the individual project.  

Read about our current Advancing Applied Analytics projects, below. 

The Health Foundation is a Living Wage Employer and a Living Wage Friendly Funder, find out more about our status.

Projects

In the first two rounds of this programme we are supporting 23 teams with up to £750,000 of funding. The projects aim to improve analytical capability and show how this will support better care in the future.

They are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation, including local authorities, though partnerships with other groups and sectors.
Each project benefits from funding of up to £75,000 and will run for a maximum duration of 15 months.

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    Personalised medicine analytics dashboard for triaging patients in emergency departments

    Improvement project

    This project will involve developing a probabilistic early warning system based on machine learning/Artificial Intelligence technologies to promptly identify high-risk patients needing urgent care.

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