Real-World Evaluation: Ten Key Principles for Evaluating Complex Health and Social Interventions (ONLINE)

Monday, 7th and Tuesday, 8th February 2022 (times TBC)

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The course is primarily focused on evaluations in complex ‘real-world’ situations, in which the evaluator has limited control over the intervention or context, and traditional experimental methods are inappropriate.

It aims to introduce ten key principles for evaluation of complex interventions, and how to apply these in health and social care settings.

During this course, time will be allocated for structured, self-directed study to reflect on experiences and to begin to design an evaluation proposal in line with the nature of your specific needs

Who will benefit from the course?

Anyone with an interest in evaluation especially those who feel that there is a need to address issues of complexity which have been overlooked in traditional methods of evaluation:

  • Academics and researchers
  • Health and social care practitioners and managers
  • Public health practitioners (NHS, Local Authority & not-for-profit organisations)
  • Health and social care commissioners
  • Postgraduate students
  • Evaluators with experience of traditional experimental evaluation methodologies who want to develop an understanding of new ways of evaluation
  • Implementers of technological innovations (including private sector)
  • Trial managers

Expected outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • recognise differences between simple, complicated and complex interventions
  • identify and prioritise areas of complexity
  • describe ten key principles for evaluating complex interventions
  • discuss the strengths and limitations of various approaches for evaluating complex interventions
  • plan the application of methods for theory-driven evaluation
  • develop and test programme theories
  • appreciate the key issues for data analysis and presentation of findings.

Course content

The course will mix theory and practice, and give broad perspectives drawing on the participants’ own work and evaluation needs. Participants will be introduced to complex situations, complex interventions and innovative evaluation methodologies (eg theory-driven approaches, Realist Evaluation and Developmental Evaluation).

Faculty

This course was developed with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (NIHR CLAHRC SY).

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, are not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

CLAHRC SY would also like to acknowledge the participation and resources of our partner organisations. Further details can be found at www.clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk

Dates and times

The next intake for this course will be taking place on Monday, 7th and Tuesday, 8th February 2022 (times TBC).

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Fees

The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £249 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £199.

Booking and payment

This course is live on our Online Store and currently accepting bookings.  Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.
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Payment is required at the time of booking via debit/credit card, PayPal or company invoice (purchase order will be required at the time of booking).

Course delivery and requirements

The live sessions for this ONLINE course will be delivered via the University’s ‘Blackboard’ platform. 

Online delivery via University’s Blackboard platform:

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or Laptop with a mouse (a USB mouse is recommended for ease of completing exercises in-class).
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
Contact

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

 Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 19 August 2021