Dr Steven Ariss, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

The University of Sheffield,
Regent Court,
30 Regent Street,
S1 4DA

Room: 1.07, 1st Floor, The Innovation Centre, S1 4DP

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5426

E-mail: s.ariss@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCID: 0000-0002-5557-4613


I have a BA in Sociology, a PhD in Health Studies from the University of York and a PgCert in Learning and Teaching. I previously coordinated an NHS Research Network for Older People´s Mental Health and came to ScHARR from the Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford) in January 2009.
I am a health services researcher with an interest in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods, and complex programme evaluation (including Realist and Developmental Evaluation). I was the Lead Evaluator for the CLAHRC-South Yorkshire programme and am leading the evaluation of new technologies in the combined Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC. I also have a diverse ongoing programme of research, development, evaluation and service redesign in the use of technology for healthcare, including automated data collection, electronic care records and online dashboard development. I also have an interest in using Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMS) for service improvement, and carry out qualitative data analysis for the National Audit for Intermediate Care.
As the Health Services Research Section representative for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer I am active in consultancy work. I am also a member of the Research Ethics Committee in ScHARR.

I am experienced in the qualitative analysis of audio/visual data and have been involved in a number of studies using Conversation Analysis methods.
I teach Post Graduate Masters and Undergraduate Medical Students, and supervise PhD and DMedSci students in a range of subjects. I am Module Lead for Complex Evaluation Methods (Masters in Clinical Research), and convene a short course (EPTOCI) Evaluating Programmes, Technology and other Complex Interventions.

Research interests


• Realist (and other ‘theory led’) Evaluations of Programmes and Complex Interventions
• Conversation Analysis & Ethnomethodology
• Mixed and Qualitative Research Methods

Topics of Interest:

• Health Service Organisation and Delivery
• Interdisciplinary Team-Working
• Organisational change management
• Implementation and knowledge transfer
• Use of technology in healthcare (for service development and evaluation)
• Health Care Interactions and Relationships
• Self-Management of Chronic and Long-Term Conditions
• Older People's Community Health Services

Teaching Interests

• Complex Evaluation Methods (Module Lead & Short Course)
• Masters student dissertation supervision
• PhD/DMedSci Supervision
• Masters student work placement supervision

Professional activities

• Journal reviewer for: Social Science and Medicine, Evidence and Policy, British Medical Journal, Qualitative Health Research, Qualitative Sociology, Diabetic Medicine, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Health and Social Care in the Community and Health, Risk and Society
• Grant proposal and research report reviewer for the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (RfPB & HS&DR)
• Member ScHARR Ethics Committee and School for Public Health Research Management Group
• IKT representative for HSR section

Key publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers


  • Read J, Ariss S, Nasr N, Franklin M, Dawson J, Scott E, Field R, Lowrie K, Simmonds R & Cook L (2018) Sheffield City Region Test Bed, ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ Final Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harris J, Abualbashir ABU, Akparibo R, Ariss S, Haywood A, Messina F, Soady J & Young T (2017) Shifting Demand for Non Medical Services Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • ali P, ariss S, crowder M, powell K & Cooper R (2017) Doncaster Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme: Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ariss SM, Earley V, Jokhi R & Merodoulaki M (2017) Final Evaluation Report: Pilot for New Model of Midwifery Supervision View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nacarrow S, enderby P, ariss S, smith T, booth A, campbell M, cantrell A & parker S (2012) The Impact of Enhancing the Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Working RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ariss SM, Downs M, Newell R & Potts D () Health in Mind Programme Evaluation: Final Report to the Programme Board RIS download Bibtex download