The National Institute for Health Research Leadership Programme

An evaluation of programme progress and delivery

by Molly Morgan Jones, Watu Wamae, Caroline Viola Fry, Tom Kennie, Joanna Chataway

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RAND Europe evaluated the National Institute for Health Research Leadership Programme in an effort to help the English Department of Health consider the extent to which the programme has helped to foster NIHR's aims, extract lessons for the future, and develop plans for the next phase of the leadership programme. Successful delivery of high-quality health research requires not only an effective research base, but also a system of leadership supporting it. However, research leaders are not often given the opportunity, nor do they have the time, to attend formal leadership or management training programmes. This is unfortunate because research has shown that leadership training can have a hugely beneficial effect on an organisation. Therefore, the evaluation has a particular interest in understanding the role of the programme as a science policy intervention and will use its expertise in science policy analysis to consider this element alongside other, more traditional, measures of evaluation.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The bigger picture: leadership in the literature and beyond

  • Chapter Three

    Reactions and engagement with the programme

  • Chapter Four

    Acquired learning and behaviour change

  • Chapter Five

    Wider impacts and results

  • Chapter Six

    Cross-cutting analysis

  • Chapter Seven

    Final recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Survey questions

  • Appendix B

    Interview protocol

  • Appendix C

    Benchmarking case studies

  • Appendix D

    Monetary comparisons across the benchmarking case studies

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