What qualifies as a rapid evaluation? What challenges do they present – and how are they overcome? When is it appropriate to evaluate rapidly, and when not? And how can commissioners, evaluators and users work together to ensure maximum benefits to health services?
These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at a one-day interactive, free event led by the Nuffield Trust in collaboration with three national Rapid Evaluation Centres – RSET, BRACE and the Improvement Analytics Unit.
Bringing together evaluators and organisations that commission evaluations, this event will explore the growing use of rapid evaluation in the health service as a mechanism to drive improvement. We will stimulate fresh thinking on the particular challenges of rapid evaluation, and how these can be met. Drawing on perspectives from the NHS, social care, academia, voluntary sector and the public, it will lay out a path for more meaningful evaluations and better evidence about new ways of delivering health and social care.
Further details and speaker announcements will follow.
If you or your organisation are involved in rapid evaluations and would like to take part, please get in touch via email@example.com
09.15am Registration and refreshments
09.40am Session 1: Rapid evaluation in healthcare - opportunities, needs and challenges
What do we mean by rapid evaluation, why do we do it and what are some of the typical approaches?
Why are some initiatives evaluated and others are not?
What are the benefits, challenges and opportunities of rapid evaluation?
11.30am Morning refreshments and networking
12.00pm Session 2: Insights from the NHS Vanguards and test beds
What can we learn from national programmes about local v large scale rapid evaluations?
1.15 pm Lunch and networking
2.00pm Session 3: Breakout sessions - tbc
3.30pm Session 4: Useful and timely knowledge - getting evaluation findings into practice
How do we align different interpretations, expectations about evaluation, quality, impact and timelines?
How do you scale up beyond local evaluations?
4.15pm Closing remarks, afternoon refreshments and networking