Practical and detailed evaluations

Designing an evaluation requires careful consideration of several factors including:

  • the purpose of the evaluation (e.g. an impact evaluation or a formative evaluation)
  • the users of the evaluation outcomes
  • what is to be evaluated and at what stage(s)
  • the key questions that need to be answered
  • capacity and resources available (e.g. availability of key stakeholders, budget)
  • the nature of the information required to describe and understand the phenomenon of interest.

At HealthSense, our staff are highly skilled at designing and executing evaluations to ensure that the right information is collected at the right time and from the right people to comprehensively answer the key questions of interest.

Evaluation approaches may include:

  • the purpose of the evaluation (e.g. an impact evaluation or a formative evaluation)
  • qualitative (in-depth interviews, focus groups)
  • quantitative (survey/questionnaire design),
  • mixed-methods and
  • methods to develop consensus on important issues such as a Delphi process

How we can help

HealthSense can help you to describe and understand the value or impact of your health service or program and make practical recommendations for improvement or implementation.

Typical questions we solve for clients:

  • Is there a need for this program or service?
  • What do clients want from our program or service?
  • How effective is the program or service?
  • Is our program or service reaching its target population?
  • What outcomes have this program or service achieved?
  • Could our program or service be implemented at scale?
  • How would our organisation develop a strategic plan or health services framework?

Examples of recent projects

  • Project: Independent evaluation of Curtin University’s Interprofessional Practice Program (2015)
    Client: Curtin University
  • Project: Examining the impact and factors influencing the effectiveness of a program aimed at changing behaviours to support a culture of safety and reliability at the Royal Melbourne Hospital – qualitative study (2016)
    Client: Melbourne Health
  • Project: A Framework to Evaluate Musculoskeletal Models of Care (2016)
    Partners: Curtin University, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Health, Department of Health (WA), Behaviour Works Australia, Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

Recent publications

  • Briggs AM, Jordan JE, Jennings M, et al. Supporting evaluation and implementation of musculoskeletal Models of Care: Development of a globally-informed framework for judging ‘readiness’ and ‘success’. Arthritis Care Res 2016;DOI: 10.1002/acr.22948.
  • Briggs AM, Jordan JE, Speerin R, et al. Models of care for musculoskeletal health: a cross-sectional qualitative study of Australian stakeholders’ perspectives on relevance and standardised evaluation. BMC Health Serv Res 2015;15:509 [Link].
  • Brewer M, Flavell H, Jordan JE. Interprofessional team-based placements: The importance of space, place and facilitation. [manuscript under review by Journal of Interprofessional Care 2016].

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