Dr Steven Ariss

Dphil, FHEA

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Research Fellow

Steve Ariss
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Dr Steven Ariss
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
1.07, 1st Floor
The Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
S1 4DP

I have a BA in Sociology and a DPhil in Health Studies (Conversation Analysis of Frequent Attenders in General Practice) from the University of York. I have a PgCert in Learning and Teaching and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Previously, I worked in the NHS coordinating a Research Network for Older People´s Mental Health and came to ScHARR from the Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford) in January 2009.

Whilst I am based in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology group in Health Services Research and CATCH (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Health) I work across all sections within ScHARR and many other University departments. I also collaborate extensively, nationally and internationally.

I am an applied health services innovator, researcher and evaluator with an interest in complexity science, collaborative innovation, evaluation, sustainability and spread. I provide leadership for interdisciplinary/inter-organisational teams and use a wide range of methods to produce and mobilise knowledge for improving health, wealth and wellbeing.

As a member of the core team for the NIHR CLAHRC-South Yorkshire, I was the Principal Evaluator and went on to lead the evaluation of new technologies in the combined Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC. Until recently, I managed a large multi-disciplinary team providing evaluation consultancy work for health and social care providers, commissioners and third sector organisations. I continue to be active in consultancy and knowledge translation work, although currently I am focusing on longer-term, self-directed programmes.

I have a diverse ongoing programme of research, development, evaluation, service redesign and policy influence, including the use of technology in healthcare delivery. I am currently working with The Health Foundation, to explore ways to improve interdisciplinary relationships and methodologies for the evaluation of Quality Improvement projects. I am also working on health technology innovations in community palliative care and stroke rehabilitation.

I am an active member of the ScHARR Research Ethics Committee and the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.

I have a wide range of teaching interests and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in my areas of interest and expertise.

Research interests


  • Realist (and other ‘theory led’) Evaluations of Programmes and Complex Interventions
  • Complexity Science and Systems Thinking
  • Realist Synthesis
  • Mixed Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Conversation Analysis & Ethnomethodology
  • Social Return on Investment & Wellbeing Valuation

Topics of interest

  • Health Service Organisation and Delivery
  • Interdisciplinary Team-Working and Leadership
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Implementation Science 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

I have experience of working in a wide range of health areas such as; Mental Health and Wellbeing, Cancer, Survivorship, End of Life, Palliative, Care Homes, Renal Therapies, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, Stroke, Dementia, Loneliness, Social Isolation, Diabetes, Asthma & COPD.


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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
Teaching interests


  • Complex Evaluation Methods
  • Realist Methodological Approaches
  • Advanced Qualitative Methodologies
  • Mixed Methods
  • Conversation Analysis and Ethnomethodology


  • Digital Health Technology
  • Complex Interventions and Behaviour Change
  • Interdisciplinary and Inter-organisational collaboration
  • Health Service Leadership
Teaching activities

I teach Post Graduate Masters 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 short courses:

  • Real World Evaluation, Ten Key Principles for Evaluating Complex Health and Social Interventions
  • Advanced Qualitative Methodologies

Research Students:

  • Steven Markham: The efficacy of men’s sheds – social interventions to enhance health and wellbeing: A realist investigation. Ongoing. Doctoral Academy Scholarship.
  • Louise Newbould: The use of telemedicine for remote health care provision by care homes for older people (Realist Evaluation). 2018. Abbeyfield Research Foundation.
  • Sarah Gelcich: Communicating Risks to Patients with Type 2 Diabetes (Conversation Analysis). 2017. Medical Humanities Sheffield, Studentship.
  • Manya Merodoulaki: Clinical supervision in stroke care (Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis/Mixed methods). 2016. CLAHRC Studentship.
  • Yagya Bhurtal: Effects of international male migration on left-behind wives in Nepal (Thematic analysis/Mixed methods).  2016. Self-funded.
  • Tracey Moore: An investigation into failure to rescue deteriorating patients (Manifest and Latent Content Analysis). 2014. Funded by School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Professional activities and memberships
  • Associate Editor: Technology and Disability (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe)
  • 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) and The Health Foundation
  • Member ScHARR Ethics Committee
  • Member ScHARR Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team
  • Member of The Health Foundation’s Evaluation Special Interest Group