Introduction to Evaluation (online): 06 Mar 17 – 03 Apr 17

Introduction to Evaluation (online)

Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation?

Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programmes?

Are you tasked with carrying out an evaluation, but don’t know where to start?


Consider enrolling in our four-week online course run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy to address these challenges. It is aimed at staff in frontline services in the NHS and local government, who have limited experience conducting service evaluations.


After participating in this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own evaluation of a local programme or service. Inspired by the content of our popular face-to-face evaluation course, the online course will cover:


  • Different types of evaluation, including their pros and cons

  • How to select suitable methods and approaches for evaluating a local programme or service

  • Practical skills and tips in using evaluation methods and approaches

  • Ways of sharing your evaluation findings to make an impact


Teaching will be delivered entirely online, by expert tutors. You’ll learn by watching videocasts; interacting through activities and questions; and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. You’ll also develop a plan for a real life evaluation you may have to conduct.


Who is this workshop suitable for?

Staff from NHS trusts, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups who need to evaluate local programmes or services as part of their work. The course is not aimed at academics or researchers.


What preparation is needed?

Participants should attend the course with an evaluation in mind that they may have to carry out.  No previous knowledge of evaluation is required, or experience of study design and statistics. Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they undertake at least 80% of the course activities.


The workshop is organised as part of the work of the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames.


Date: 6th March – 3rd April 2017

Learning hours: 3 hours per week (12 in total)

Cost: £100 for staff in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (see list here: NIHR CLAHRC North Thames – our partners); £250 for others.

Registration: Please download and return the Evaluation-registration-form to by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 27th February 2017. Applications will be selected to ensure a diverse range of participants.


For more information, please email

CLAHRC Seminar: The Role of Boards in Quality Improvement

We invited 40 Board members and leaders to an event on the Role of Boards in Quality Improvement (QI), to hear about the characteristics of Boards who successfully implement QI strategies and the early findings from our project researching Implementation and evaluation of a research-based guide for NHS boards to develop their quality improvement strategies – the iQUASER study.

Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chaired the event.Speakers were Professor Naomi Fulop, Principal Investigator for the iQUASER project who presented progress so far, and our keynote was Professor Naomi Chambers Professor of Healthcare Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School University of Manchester of who gave an overview of ideas and evidence around characteristics of effective board working for quality improvement in healthcare.


View Professor Naomi Fulop’s presentation on iQUASER

View Professor Naomi Chambers summary of evidence around characteristics of effective boards

Watch a short film below