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
Alex Nicholls describes SIBs focus on outcomes as a useful policy innovation. Read more>>
Stefanie Ettelt and Nick Mays discuss new guidance on commissioning evaluations of policy pilots. Read more >>
See the blog by Don Nutbeam for another view on RCTs and policy pilots. Read more >>
Arnaud Vaganay from Meta-Lab presented "Bias in government sponsored policy evaluations in the UK" at a PIRU seminar in January. The presentation is available here>>
A new article looking at the views and experiences of social care staff on Direct Payments in Residential Care Trailblazers is available online >>
Material from the recent PIRU event on 'Widening perspectives on Social Impact Bonds' is available here >>
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.
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