Measuring impact with real-world evaluation

Helping innovators to demonstrate impact and support decision-making with real-world evidence.

Evidencing your innovation

Evaluation is a necessary step in commissioning, designing and implementing innovations in health and social care. Real-world evaluation helps to understand the value of a new product or way of working in a real-world setting.

Using evidence-based approaches, Health Innovation East can help you measure the impact of an innovation or transformation project or generate insights to support decisions about which innovations and pathway changes to develop. Our evaluation team can also support you to maximise an innovations value to enable adoption at scale across the NHS and the health and care ecosystem.

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Our expertise

Health Innovation East’s real-world evaluation service provides significant experience and expertise across implementation science and qualitative and mixed-methods research – we have a diversity of clinicians, clinical academics and academics working in our team.

We work collaboratively with partners to understand their needs and help them build evaluation into every step of the innovation adoption pathway, ensuring that we capture the voice of partners, including patients and staff, in everything we do.

Manjul Rathee, Co-founder & CEO of BFB Labs:
“Working with Health Innovation East has been one of the best partnerships we’ve experienced. As well as their pragmatic approach and understanding of an innovator’s journey, they were able to bring together a consortium of stakeholders including clinicians, commissioners and subject experts to help us realise this study. Within weeks, we had made progress that we expected to take months and we are so excited to see the results of the study later this year.”


Recent projects

Evaluation of the implementation of Florence Hypertension home-monitoring programme at Staploe Medical Centre

Ely North and South Primary Care Network (PCN) requested Health Innovation East to evaluate the implementation of Florence, a Generated Health product, within Staploe Medical Centre to inform spread and adoption across the PCN. The evaluation used a mixed method approach to assess the outcomes of the pilot and gain insights into how the process has worked for patients and professionals.

This report presents evaluation findings from the implementation of Florence between June and December 2023.

Read the evaluation report here

Rapid evaluation report: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease virtual ward enabled by technology – South and West Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership

This rapid evaluation, commissioned by NHS England and conducted with Health Innovation Manchester, to understand where virtual ward model delivered cost efficiencies compared to traditional care pathways. The report adds to emerging evidence of virtual wards enabled by technology offering positive, effective care that supports people to be at home rather than in hospital.

Read the evaluation report here

Evaluation of social prescribing for secondary care in Norfolk and Waveney

This Health Innovation East report, commissioned by Norfolk and Waveney ICB, evaluates the ICB’s social prescribing in secondary care pilot.

The evaluation aimed to better understand the implementation of social prescribing within secondary care in Norfolk and Waveney and to identify challenges, enablers,
and opportunities that can help improve future implementation, delivery, and sustainability of social prescribing initiatives and services.

Read the executive summary here

Read the evaluation report here

Evaluation of social prescribing for secondary care in Norfolk and Waveney 

A evaluation of a separate social prescribing pilot for secondary care in Norfolk and Waveney project was commissioned by South Norfolk and Broadland health and wellbeing partnership, part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System.

The mixed-methods report explores the characteristics of the 330 referrals received and the support the service provided. Moreover, staff experiences of implementing the programme are explored and inform recommendations for future services.

Read the evaluation report here

How we can support you

Health Innovation East can support evaluation projects from early stages right through to adoption and spread.

Evaluating innovation stages - arrows pointing from pre-implementation, implementation, real-world evaluation, adoption and spread.

We can play a leading role in your real-world evaluation or provide tailored support and guidance:

Evaluating innovation We can play a leading role in your real-world evaluation or provide tailored support and guidance: Lead all aspects in the design and delivery of a rapid, robust real-world evaluation. Deliver project management for evaluations. Lead evidence reviews to inform an intervention or evaluation. Provide advice and guidance to help scope and plan an evaluation. Provide expertise in evaluation and rapid insight approaches . Develop an invitation to tender, commissions and manage evaluation partnerships. Facilitate logic model workshops to help define an intervention and its outcomes and how to measure them. Build capacity and capability within organisations and systems to enable them to carry out evaluation, share knowledge and use insights to inform adoption and spread. Develop evaluation plans, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Get in touch for bespoke support to meet your evaluation needs.

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