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We develop rigorous research evidence to support innovation in health and social care policy

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From the blog

Mildred Warner highlights some of the risks behind the dream of Social Impact Bonds. Read more>>

Julia Morley discusses the ethical risks of marketising public services. Read more>>

Alex Nicholls describes SIBs focus on outcomes as a useful policy innovation. Read more>>

Zaid Chalabi discusses the use of mathematical modelling to help design pilots. Read more>>

Latest news

Arnaud Vaganay from Meta-Lab presented "Bias in government sponsored policy evaluations in the UK" at a PIRU seminar in January. The presentation is available here>>

A new article looking at the views and experiences of social care staff on Direct Payments in Residential Care Trailblazers is available online >>

Material from the recent PIRU event on 'Widening perspectives on Social Impact Bonds' is available here >>

Project Focus

Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation

PIRU is carrying out a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers to help build the evidence base on what works best in delivering integrated care in different contexts. Following completion of a qualitative early evaluation,
the longer-term evaluation will look at outcomes and cost-effectiveness.
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