The project is being led by two national rapid service evaluation teams (RSET and BRACE), and is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The research will support the ongoing development of the NIHR’s programme of research on social care and social work, including informing future funding calls.
The first phase of the work will identify as many social care and social work innovations as possible. To do this, we will contact a wide range of people with knowledge of these sectors – including people who use social care services and carers, frontline professionals, service providers and commissioners, national organisations, think thanks and researchers. The innovations identified will then be brought to a workshop, where participants will discuss and prioritise the innovations for potential evaluation. In the second phase of the work, the two rapid evaluation teams will evaluate one or more of the top priority innovations.
- Final study report: Report of horizon scanning and prioritisation process of innovations in adult social care.
- Rapidly prioritising innovations in adult social care for evaluation: a Q&A with Dr Holly Walton
- Cowan K et al. Rapid prioritisation of topics for rapid evaluation: the case of innovations in adult social care and social work. Health Research Policy and Systems, doi: 10.1186/s12961-021-00693-2 (Link)
- Holly Walton presented a virtual session on methodological insights for rapid prioritisation of adult social care innovations at the HSRUK meeting in July 2020. (watch the session)