In recent years collaborative working has moved from being an optional extra of public service practice to being a core competency for individuals and teams. Has this led to better outcomes for those who use services? How to understand and to measure these outcomes and demonstrate these to a variety of different audiences remains a significant challenge for many. This revised edition of this bestselling textbook includes the latest research findings and contains more tools, frameworks and international examples of best practice to aid practitioners to more effectively evaluate partnerships. Up-to-date research evidence is presented in a practical and helpful way, making this an essential resource for students.
Published in association with Community Care This book provides an introduction to evaluation, outcomes and partnerships, summarising recent trends in policy and research, setting out useful frameworks and approaches and aiding policy makers and practitioners to more effectively evaluate partnerships.
UK health and social care are increasingly being asked to work together across traditional agency boundaries. Although this sounds easy in theory, doing it in practice is incredibly difficult and complicated. In many cases, moreover, current training programmes, research and textbooks are even more divided than front-line services, and practitioners and managers are often being tasked with making partnerships work without the necessary support.Against this background, this book provides a 'warts and all' introduction to partnership working, summarising current policy and research, setting out useful frameworks and approaches, and helping policy makers and practitioners to work more effectively together. Written by a leading team from the Health Services Management Centre, the book is also fully evidence- and research-based, whilst still being accessible and applicable to everyday practice. Aimed at students, practitioners, managers and policy makers in health and social care, this is the one book that everyone in the field should read.
Evaluation of health care is necessary if we are to understand the organisation of health services and to determine how health care interventions should be delivered. The second edition of this fully revised public health text introduces the various types of health care evaluations, and explores the ways in which scientifically robust studies can be used to assess health care interventions, with a focus on measuring their impact on patient outcomes. Throughout this book, the concepts and methods of evaluating health care interventions are considered in terms of four key dimensions: effectiveness, efficiency, humanity and equity. In order to fully equip the public health practitioner or student, this book: * Considers a broad range of evaluation methods including cross-sectional studies, quasi-experimental designs and qualitative methods * Gives an updated account of current theory, research and practice in the field * Features activities to help readers apply its content to their own practice Health Care Evaluation, 2nd edition is an essential textbook that outlines evaluation methods in an accessible way for public health students, public health practitioners and policy makers. Understanding Public Health is an innovative series published by Open University Press in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where it is used as a key learning resource for postgraduate programmes. It provides self-directed learning covering the major issues in public health affecting low, middle and high income countries. "In ageing societies and developing country populations at risk of long term conditions, the impact of new health care interventions on health and wellbeing require robust evaluation. Tsang, Cromwell and colleagues set out a comprehensive framework for a breadth of simple evaluations, carefully laid out with thoughtful vignettes for readers to address and informative reference material. A book for experienced and fledgling evaluators to access, maximising the chances of decisions around innovations being based on sound science." Professor Charles Wolfe, Professor of Public Health, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, UK "Evaluation is an essential tool to support health services respond to ever more complex demands from an ageing population. This volume is strongly recommended as it provides outstanding guidance combining authority with clarity and ease of use." Ray Fitzpatrick, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford, UK
This is a user's guide to a variety of instruments designed to measure different aspects of patient outcomes in primary health care. Each instrument reviewed is chosen on the basis of its reliability, validity and appropriateness for use in primary health care settings.
Leadership and management are increasingly considered important drivers in terms of organisational performance. Yet, despite being viewed as essential components of partnership working, there is relatively little thoughtful work analysing the relationship between the two sets of ideas - posing practical difficulties for leaders and managers of partnerships who are looking for evidence or guidance. This book provides a robust guide to the leadership and management of partnerships. It summarises recent trends in policy, establishes what we can learn from research and practice and sets out useful frameworks and approaches to address a range of problems that partnerships face. It will be an essential aid to policy makers, managers and practitioners, providing a realistic account of the main characteristics and expectations of leadership and management in partnerships.
This easy-to-use handbook is a useful resource for all health professionals engaged in processes of evaluation in a variety of contexts within the world of healthcare. Encouraging an evidence-based approach to practice, it provides: * guidelines on how to design and evaluate an intervention * examples of good practice * reliable and easy-to-use measures * advice on how to work effectively. Designed to prompt self-evaluation and group project evaluation, it illustrates how simple evaluation methods can help to break down the divisions between research and practice. It shows how more practitioners can apply such methods to improve the quality of care as well as the treatments and services which they offer their patients and clients. The examples, drawn from clinical settings, community practice and work in the voluntary sector, demonstrate the kind of evaluation that can be undertaken by a small-scale team or a single practitioner with limited resources. The Evaluation Handbook will be a useful source of reference for those new to evaluation as well as more experienced managers and researchers.
*Highly Commended in the Health and Social Care category of the 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards* For those involved in commissioning and running projects working with people, measuring performance and assessing outcomes are an essential part of applying for and maintaining funding, and a way of demonstrating the project's achievements. This versatile 'how to' book guides you through the process of evaluating your project in order to improve funding applications and build the case for your project's survival. The guidance in this book will help you to set out what the aims and projected outcomes of your project are, how these will be achieved, and shows you how to capture evidence for outcomes. To cater for readers working in different settings, a broad range of case examples is used including youth groups with at-risk young people, a refuge for women who have suffered domestic violence, a road safety education programme and midwives encouraging new mothers to stop smoking. The book also includes a host of practical features designed to provide a deeper understanding of the subject, including activities, reflective tools, and a glossary of key terms. A Practical Guide to Outcome Evaluation will help to ensure the success of projects that make a difference to people's lives, and will be an essential reference for managers and practitioners working in people-orientated professions including social work, health, teaching, youth work, criminal justice, the arts and the emergency services.
Deals with the problems of evaluating new medical developments for scientific soundness, safety, and effectiveness. The contributors establish a conceptual framework for such evaluation and discuss the practical difficulties of implementing it. Are random, controlled experiments really preferable to less expensive trials using historical controls? How can patients be brought into the evaluation process?