The challenges of evaluating large-scale, multi-partner programmes: the case of NIHR CLAHRCs

Graham P. Martin*, Vicky Ward, Jane Hendy, Emma Rowley, Susan Nancarrow, Janet Heaton, Nicky Britten, Sandra Fielden, Steven Ariss

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    Abstract

    The limited extent to which research evidence is utilised in healthcare and other public services is widely acknowledged. The United Kingdom government has attempted to address this gap by funding nine Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). CLAHRCs aim to carry out health research, implement research findings in local healthcare organisations and build capacity across organisations for generating and using evidence. This wide-ranging brief requires multifaceted approaches; assessing CLAHRCs' success thus poses challenges for evaluation. This paper discusses these challenges in relation to seven CLAHRC evaluations, eliciting implications and suggestions for others evaluating similarly complex interventions with diverse objectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-509
    Number of pages21
    JournalEvidence and Policy
    Volume7
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

    Keywords

    • Evaluation
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Knowledge translation
    • Methodology

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