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Title: Developing the protocol for the evaluation of the health foundation's 'engaging with quality initiative' – an emergent approach
Authors: Soper, B
Buxton, MJ
Hanney, S
Oortwijn, W
Scoggins, A
Steel, N
Ling, T
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Implementation Science. 3 (46)
Abstract: In 2004 a UK charity, The Health Foundation, established the 'Engaging with Quality Initiative' to explore and evaluate the benefits of engaging clinicians in quality improvement in healthcare. Eight projects run by professional bodies or specialist societies were commissioned in various areas of acute care. A developmental approach to the initiative was adopted, accompanied by a two level evaluation: eight project self-evaluations and a related external evaluation. This paper describes how the protocol for the external evaluation was developed. The challenges faced included large variation between and within the projects (in approach, scope and context, and in understanding of quality improvement), the need to support the project teams in their self-evaluations while retaining a necessary objectivity, and the difficulty of evaluating the moving target created by the developmental approach adopted in the initiative. An initial period to develop the evaluation protocol proved invaluable in helping us to explore these issues.
ISSN: 1748-5908
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Health Economics Research Group (HERG)

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