The Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) brings together leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the National Health Service, social care and public health.

We develop rigorous research evidence to support innovation in health and social care policy.

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From the blog

Chih Hoong Sin and Ichiro Tsukamoto describe an innovative Asia Pacific model for SIBs. Read more>>

Eleanor Carter and Clare Fitzgerald list three questions evaluations of SIBs should answer. Read more>>

Katy Pillai, of Big Issue Invest, explains the vital role of research and evaluation for developing SIBs. Read more>>

James Barlow writes about the need to develop a global health innovation index. Read more>>

Zaid Chalabi discusses the use of mathematical modelling to help design pilots. Read more>>

Latest news

PIRU and the SRA are organising a conference on "Systems perspectives on policy development and evaluation". The conference will be held on 26 June 2018 in London. Further details and registration are available here>>

Call for Papers: Comparative perspectives on Social Impact Bonds and outcomes-based approaches to public service commissioning

6-7th September 2018 at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford

We welcome both paper submissions from academics working in this area as well as inviting practitioner perspectives. Further details are available here>>

PIRU presented at the Department of Health on using a systems perspective for evidence informed decision-making. The slides are available here>>

Project Focus

Integrated Care Pioneers evaluation

PIRU is carrying out a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers to help build the evidence base on what works best in delivering integrated care in different contexts. Following completion of a qualitative early evaluation,
the longer-term evaluation will look at outcomes and cost-effectiveness.