Rapid evaluation in health care conference

26 - 28 January 2021


Join us for the third annual Rapid Evaluation in Health Care conference.

This event, which is organised by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation in collaboration with RSET and BRACE, will take place virtually between the 26th and 28th of January 2021.

Bringing together representatives from the rapid evaluation community, including analysts, service users and commissioners, the conference will explore what good practice in a rapid, rigorous evaluation looks like, and how Covid-19 has changed the evaluation landscape. It will also provide an opportunity to share lessons learnt from recent and on-going evaluations. Click on the Register now button to find out more about the programme and to register. The event page will be updated with further information and useful resources over the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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Please note agenda timings are subject to change.

Day 1 — full schedule

January 26th, 09:30 - 11:45

Theme 1: How has Covid-19 changed the evaluation landscape?


Prof John Appleby — Director of Research and Chief Economist, Nuffield Trust & Co-director, RSET

How has COVID-19 affected the demand for and supply of rapid evaluations?

Prof Naomi Fulop — Professor of Health Care Organisation & Management, UCL & Co-director, RSET

Prof Trish Greenhalgh OBE — Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Mike Batley — Deputy Director, Research Programmes Branch, Department of Health and Social Care

Covid-19 has brought seismic changes in the research landscape with knock on effects on rapid evaluations. This session will explore how the pandemic has affected the healthcare evaluation field, with a focus on its impact on demand for evaluations and their supply. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of the key considerations research commissioners and evaluators have had to contend with in the post-Covid-19 era.

Refreshment break

Speed or quality: an inevitable trade off?

Prof Steve Morris — RAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge

Prof Naomi Fulop — Professor of Health Care Organisation & Management, UCL & Co-director, RSET

Dr Cecilia Vindrola — Senior Research Fellow and Co-director of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL), UCL

Using an example of an ongoing rapid evaluation of remote monitoring of Covid-19 patients, this session will discuss the challenges faced while carrying out a rapid evaluation during a pandemic. 

Closing remarks

Dr Jean Ledger — Research Associate, UCL

Day 2 — full schedule

January 27th, 09:30 - 11:45

Theme 2: How does rapid evaluation inform decision making in the health service?


Arne Wolters — Head of the Improvement Analytics Unit, Health Foundation

From data to decisions: how to influence short and long term health service planning

Helen Duckworth — Deputy Director of Planning, Performance and Delivery , Liverpool CCG

Prof Benjamin Barr — Professor in Applied Public Health Research, University of Liverpool

In this session we will discuss what are the key enablers to allow CCGs and other commissioners to better understand data and how to use it to inform their decisions. We will also explore the role of academic institutions in day-to-day decision making in health service. Participants will leave the session with useful insights on how to embed a Real-world Intervention Causal Evaluation (RICE) tool, used by Liverpool CCG, in the decision-making process.

Refreshment break

How can we embed rapid evaluation into a learning health system?

Sarah Blundell — Head of the Improvement Analytics Unit, NHS England and Improvement

Philippa Darnton — Associate Director, Insight, Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Michael Lawrie — Director, Health Evaluation and Advisory, Ipsos Mori

Dr Angelique Mavrodaris — Consultant in Healthcare Public Health and Clinical Research Fellow, Public Health England - East of England

Mike Woodall — Integration Analytics Lead, The Strategy Unit

How can we embed rapid evaluation into a learning health system? In this session the panellists will answer this question sharing their experience in using evaluation to improve patients’ health. They will discuss what we mean by a learning health system and where does rapid evaluation fit in, as well as the challenges of embedding evaluation results into local practice. Please come prepared to interact with the panel on the day with your own questions. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding on how to use data driven insights to improve health service for patients.

Closing remarks

Arne Wolters — Head of the Improvement Analytics Unit, Health Foundation

Day 3 — full schedule

January 28th, 09:30 - 11:45

Theme 3: Adapting rapid evaluations for post Covid-19 research priorities


Dr Jo Ellins — Health Services Management Centre, and Deputy Director of BRACE, University of Birmingham

Rapid evaluation in tomorrow’s world

Dr Jenny Newbould — Research Leader, RAND Europe and BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre

Dr Matt Inada-Kim — National Clinical Director AMR, National Clinical Lead Deterioration, Sepsis, NHS England and Improvement

Lucy Sandell — Senior Analytical Manager, NHS England & Improvement

Since the beginning of the pandemic, researchers worldwide have been under pressure to undertake evaluations to produce timely findings. In this session, we will explore how approaches to evaluation have changed as a result of this, and what we’ve learnt from recent examples from policy and practice. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how evaluators can better facilitate rapid learning, as well as how best to shape research priorities in a post pandemic evaluation landscape.

Refreshment break

Do current efforts to involve patients and the public in rapid evaluation go far enough?

Jon Sussex — Chief Economist, RAND Europe

Jeremy Taylor OBE — NIHR Director for Public Voice, NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Rochelle Gold — Head of User Research at NHS Digital

Sophie Staniszewska — Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Experiences of Care Research Programme at the RCN Research Institute, Warwick Medical School

In recent years, there’s been a growing interest from patients, the media and the general public in better understanding the impact of health services. The pandemic has only accelerated the trend. Speakers in this session will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on communicating findings and whether the drive for rapid learning has limited opportunities for patients and the public to be involved. Participants will have the opportunity to explore these challenges, how to best involve patients and the public in rapid evaluation and what systems can be developed to support this process.

Closing remarks

Dr Jo Ellins — Health Services Management Centre, and Deputy Director of BRACE, University of Birmingham