Evaluation for Better Performance

Evaluation allows decision makers and stakeholders to make better judgements, which often lead to improved performance and outcomes.

A funder may ask for an evaluation before, during, or after a programme's implementation. The evaluation may focus on process, impact, or both. And economics may or may not be part of the evaluation. By analysing where and how to focus efforts, we encourage public and private sector accountability.

Featured Research

Selected Research

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    Performance Audit Handbook Helps Users Build Toolkit for Evaluations

    The Performance Audit Handbook provides a first-stop shop for anyone interested in the theory and practice of delivering performance audits. It is intended for evaluators working to support accountability and learning in the public sector; those seeking to commission or use such services; and researchers interested in the unfolding practice of evaluating in the public interest.

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    Assessing labour market and skills demand via horizon scanning and future scenarios

    A horizon scan of the UK labour market identified key drivers and emerging trends, and created scenarios of what the labour market could look like in the future. Researchers found that education and training systems need to teach broad concepts and foundation skills and that digital skills are critical to the future of most jobs.

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    Future uses of space out to 2050

    To support the UK's National Space Strategy and ensure that it is more ‘future proof’, researchers recommend the UK work more closely with allies, foster innovation, and more.

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    UK strategy for the High North: Navigating a changing environment

    Researchers offer a perspective on how the UK could maximise its influence in the High North through enhanced cooperation across government and within multilateral fora in order to tackle environmental and geopolitical changes in the region.

  • The impact of vertical integration of health services

    In several locations across England and Wales, NHS organisations responsible for managing acute hospitals have also taken over the running of primary care medical practices. Vertical integration is a valuable option to consider when GP practices look likely to fail due to recruitment and financial difficulties, but it is not an option that should be imposed from the top down.

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    Evaluating collaborations between primary care general practices in the UK

    Primary care networks can help GPs run a wider range of services for their patients and make changes that are needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be important to have additional clarification and support around the role of primary care networks in the wider NHS in England.

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    European Platform for Investing in Children identifies 'practices that work' across member states

    Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC evaluates and disseminates practices that improve outcomes. RAND Europe's latest EPIC policy memo examines juggling work and childcare during the pandemic.

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    Understanding researcher views on REF 2021

    A real-time evaluation of the REF 2021 assessment process found that overall views on the REF are mixed. Many researchers perceive that the REF has a negative influence on UK researchers and the research community, but views on specific aspects and influences of the REF are more nuanced.