Policy Challenge Fund

The Policy Challenge Fund aimed to build interest and expertise in rapid policy analysis within the academic and policy communities, generating insight to support high quality decision making and improve the quality of the policy debate

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  • The Policy Challenge Fund involved high quality, original policy analysis projects.
  • Aimed to generate insight to support and inform policy makers on important current and future issues in UK health policy.
  • £450,000 was awarded across six projects which were completed in 2016.

Health and care services face challenges in the coming years, particularly in transforming the way care is delivered within tight budgets.

As part of our Policy Challenge Fund, we offered funding to short, focused projects on areas of significance to future policy decisions. Topic areas linked to this central challenge included:

  • predictions and support for quality in a resource-constrained NHS
  • having constructive conversations on ‘wicked issues’
  • competition in health services
  • learning about failure from other sectors and health systems.

Aims

The aim was to build interest and expertise in rapid policy analysis within the academic and policy communities, and generate insight that will support high quality decision making and improve the quality of the policy debate.

Projects

Each project received funding for research to be completed over 12 months.

The projects were completed during 2016.

Further reading

Improvement project

Public sector failure: Lessons for health care policymakers

Project led by the University of Leicester and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due autumn 2016. F...

Improvement project

Population change and the provision and use of NHS maternity services

Project led by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due sum...

Improvement project

On the brink: Identifying, integrating and responding to the early warnings of organisational failure

Project led by the University of Oxford and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Focuses on how to det...

Improvement project

Changing together – brokering constructive conversations

Project led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), PPL and the Institute for Government; supported by the Health...

Improvement project

‘Hospitals Must Close’: A four system comparison of policy for constructive conversations on controversial service changes

Project led by the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due autumn 2016. A...

Improvement project

Competition policy in five European countries

Focuses on the use of competition policies in health systems across five European countries (France, Germany, Norway, the Net...

Competition policy in five European countries

Improvement project

Focuses on the use of competition policies in health systems across five European countries (France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal), and how learning from these countries can be applied t...

On the brink: Identifying, integrating and responding to the early warnings of organisational failure

Improvement project

Project led by the University of Oxford and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Focuses on how to detect and respond to the early signals of failures in health care, before ris...

Changing together – brokering constructive conversations

Improvement project

Project led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), PPL and the Institute for Government; supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due summer 2016. Focuses on how best t...

‘Hospitals Must Close’: A four system comparison of policy for constructive conversations on controversial service changes

Improvement project

Project led by the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due autumn 2016. Aims to increase understanding of good policy and practice in closing hospit...

Public sector failure: Lessons for health care policymakers

Improvement project

Project led by the University of Leicester and supported by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund. Due autumn 2016. Focuses on how failure is identified, managed and prevented in non-health pu...

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