This project was funded between September 2019 and August 2020.

  • Being run by Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool.
  • Aiming to embed the use of causal evaluation evidence in commissioning and service redesign processes in order to improve health and social care in Liverpool.
  • Developing a Real-world Intervention Causal Evaluation (RICE) tool, which will semi automate the process of intervention evaluation and significantly enhance analytical capability.

The Liverpool health and social care system is developing a model of person-centred health and social care, which matches effective service packages to population needs. To support this model, a whole-population person-level linked dataset that includes data flows for primary, secondary, community, mental health and adult social care, along with social prescribing data, has been built.

There is an urgent need to understand how to use these rich data to improve service design. This project, run by Liverpool CCG, proposes to meet this need by embedding the use of causal evaluation evidence in commissioning and service redesign processes.

The project will involve developing a Real-world Intervention Causal Evaluation (RICE) tool, which will semi automate the process of intervention evaluation. The tool will comprise a user interface, an analytical engine and a reporting module developed by a researcher-in-residence from the University of Liverpool alongside Liverpool CCG analysts.

Frontline analysts will use this tool to rapidly investigate the impact of interventions using robust quasi-experimental methods that have previously been limited to academia and will significantly enhance analytical capability within Liverpool CCG.

An Analytical Clinical Champion will guide RICE tool development and work with senior managers and clinicians to develop service redesign and commissioning processes that understand, incorporate and respond to new evidence, adapting services to improve outcomes.

Embedding RICE into decision making will enable understanding of which changes produce desired effects, so appropriate resources can be targeted to the right population groups in order to improve care and reduce inequalities within a learning health system.

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Helen Duckworth, Deputy Director of Planning, Performance and Delivery, Liverpool CCG.

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