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

  • 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.

Selected Research

  • Developing tools to assess research evidence for policymakers and practitioners

    10 Aug 2018

    Researchers are developing recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    23 Jul 2018

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers analysed the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provided four actionable policy recommendations as well as advice for implementing improvements.

  • Understanding the drivers of organisational capacity

    29 Mar 2018

    Organisations can influence their own cultures, and communication can allow organisations to harness their cultures to manage change, mitigate risk and enhance performance. RAND Europe's research with the Saatchi Institute lays the foundations for a diagnostic tool that can support understanding of organisational capacity and help establish a baseline for assessment.

  • Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    20 Mar 2018

    Researchers conducted a scoping exercise to help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

  • Economic evaluation of the MCR Pathways PSP initiative

    16 Mar 2018

    Using data from ScotCen's evaluation of the MCR Pathways mentoring programme, RAND Europe is conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine the economic value accruing from MCR participants' achievement of educational outcomes.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    21 Feb 2018

    EU-funded research and development into poverty-related and neglected diseases has had a significant impact on strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but its effects on encouraging universal health coverage is less clear.

  • Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care through Vanguards

    16 Oct 2017

    Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) vanguards have driven progress concerning the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of UEC services but there are still challenges for long-term impact.

  • Understanding How Organisations Ensure Fair Decision Making

    20 Sep 2017

    The General Medical Council asked RAND Europe to identify relevant lessons from multiple sectors in the UK where professionals make complex, high-impact decisions in a regulatory context. Researchers investigated the tools, practices and processes used by organisations in the healthcare regulation, legal regulation and defence and security sectors.