Current projects

We ‘co-produce’ evidence with policy-makers to inform the early stages of policy-making, subjecting initiatives to thorough examination using routine datasets. We focus on evaluation methods, particularly of pilots. Our team supports implementation of initiatives through close work with policy and analytical staff at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Preferences for paying for long term care for older people
Preferences for paying for long term care for older people

There is a lack of understanding among the general population about how the current social care system is organised and funded. This project aims to look at public attitudes to different options for funding social care in England, using focus groups and a nationally representative survey.

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Evaluation of the implementation of the UK AMR Strategy
Evaluation of the implementation of the UK AMR Strategy

PIRU is evaluating the implementation of the UK Anti-Microbial Resistance Strategy. The Strategy aims to slow the development and spread of organisms resistant to antibiotics. The first stage of the evaluation is a scoping study.

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Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation
Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation

The national programme of Integrated Care Pioneers aims to stimulate greater partnership working across the NHS and local government in order to integrate health, social care and other public services. Following a qualitative early evaluation over 18 months, in July 2015 PIRU began a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers which looks at outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

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Personalisation in care homes
Personalisation in care homes

This project looks at how personalised care is understood and put into practice in care homes in England, and the challenges of doing. It involves a literature review, an examination of policy documents, and interviews with care home managers and owners.

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Screen and Treat Programme evaluation
Screen and Treat Programme evaluation

Terrorist attacks are increasingly frequent global phenomena with wide-reaching behavioural, health and economic consequences, affecting both directly and indirectly exposed individuals and their families, as well as society as a whole. PIRU and PSSRU were asked to evaluate the Screen and Treat Programme set up by DH to support UK citizens affected by recent terrorist attacks.

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Heatwave Plan evaluation
Heatwave Plan evaluation

England is experiencing higher summer temperatures due to global warming, and high temperatures can lead to increases in mortality and morbidity. In 2004, the Government introduced the Heatwave Plan for England (HWP) which aims to prevent the avoidable effects on health of severe heat. PIRU has been asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the HWP and how it is implemented at local level.

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Understanding participation in genomics research
Understanding participation in genomics research

The 100,000 Genome Project will collect genetic data from people with rare diseases and with common cancers in order to help us learn more about the causes of different diseases and develop new treatments. The aim is to include 100,000 people. PRIU has been asked to undertake a qualitative project to understand more fully why patients and health care staff agree to take part in genomics research.

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Improving evaluation methods
Improving evaluation methods

PIRU undertakes methodological projects to contribute to the development of better methods for policy and programme evaluation. For example, we have examined the challenge posed by the potential for selection bias when using quasi-experimental evaluation designs. We also look more widely at how decisions about the organisation of pilots has implications for the role of evaluation.

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Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care
Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new financing mechanism for tackling complex social issues where investors cover the upfront costs for the interventions implemented by service providers and the government commissioner commits to pay a return on investment, if pre-defined desired outcomes are reached. PIRU, in partnership with RAND Europe, carried out an evaluation of nine SIB ‘Trailblazers’.

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