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About evaluation

Improving the quality of health and social care is a priority for commissioners, managers, practitioners and service users. This is coupled with an increasing demand for evidence to inform service priorities, service design and commissioning decisions. Our focus is facilitating the use and creation of this evidence by building in appropriate evaluation into the commissioning cycle from the outset.

Our role at the APCRC is to support those working in commissioning organisations to embed appropriate evaluation into commissioning. We provide support, advice, guidance and training to commissioners, programme and project managers, and members of health integration teams who are planning to undertake an evaluation. We provide this support from the concept through to the design, delivery, dissemination and implementation of findings. We work closely with our research colleagues to also provide advice and support for evaluative research projects.

We have strong links with our key partners including Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs, Bristol Health Partners, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCwest), the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, primary, community and secondary care providers.

We are a key part of the West of England Evaluation Strategy Group that is driving forward a local vision for evaluation. This working group is collaboration between academia and practice spanning primary and secondary care. The aim of this group is to maximise the potential for evaluation excellence through enhancing collaborative working across West of England networks and their member organisations.”

Simon Stevens speech at the NHS Confederation Annual conference (4th June 2014) calls for more local flexibility in the design of services and care pathways allowing form greater innovation to meet the needs of the local population. He highlighted that this shift needed to be supported by more “independent evaluation”.