Assessing Benefits from Health Research Projects

Can We Use Questionnaires Instead of Case Studies?

Published in: Research Evaluation, v. 8, No. 3, Dec 1999, p. 189-199

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1999

by Stephen Hanney, Allyson Ross Davies, Martin Buxton

An evaluative framework was developed by the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) for the UK's Department of Health (DH) to assess the benefits from DH-funded R&D. A questionnaire was devised to evaluate research funded by the North Thames National Health Service Executive: it was designed using the HERG multidimensional categorisation and model. Eighteen projects were the subject of more detailed case study analysis. The questionnaires provided a reasonably robust mechanism for routine monitoring; they could be strengthened in various ways in response to weaknesses exposed in the case studies.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.