PIRU journal articles and reports

Cold Weather Plan evaluation

An article on the experience of potentially vulnerable people during cold weather was published in Public Health in January 2016. The article can be accessed here>>

An article modelling the cost-effectiveness of the Cold Weather Plan was published in Public Health in December 2015. The article can be accessed here>>

An article looking at public health vulnerability to winter weather using national morbidity and mortality data was published in Public Health in February 2016. The article can be accessed here>>


Improvements in dementia care

An article assessing improvements in dementia care was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in October 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here>>


Improving evaluation methods

An article looking at approaches for evaluating continuous treatments was published in Health Economics in September 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

An article looking at the use of a synthetic control approach for evaluations using a quasi-experiment design was published in Health Economics in October 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A working paper on the use of machine learning for estimating the effects of continuous treatments was published by the University of York in August 2014. To access this report please click here>>


Healthy Outlook evaluation

PIRU evaluated the extent to which Healthy Outlook reduced hospital admissions and mortality.The results were published in the Journal of Public Health in July 2014. To download a copy of the article please click here>>


Policy pilots and evaluation

An article on the use of RCTs for policy making was published in the British Journal of Healthcare Management in August 2015. To see the abstract for this article please click here>>

An article on the effectiveness of policy experiments was published in Evaluation in July 2015. To see the article please click here>>

An article on the purposes of policy pilots and their consequences was published in the Journal of Social Policy in April 2015. To see the abstract for this article please click here>>


Adult social care: summary of the research plans of the Department of Health

PIRU carried out a review of the research plans on adult social care funded by the Department of Health through its Policy Research Units or through the NIHR School for Social Care Research. To download a copy of the report please click here>>


General practice choice pilot evaluation

A paper looking at patient experience of the GP choice scheme was published in BMJ Open in February 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A paper describing the policy implications of removing general practice boundaries was published in December 2014 in Health Policy. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A review of initiatives to improve patient access to primary care was published in Health Policy in July 2014. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A paper on a discrete choice experiment looking at the determinants of GP practice registration was published in Health Policy in October 2014. To see an abstract of this article please click here>>


Public Health Responsibility Deal evaluation

A paper on providing consumers with information on the calorie content of alcoholic drinks was published in Public Health in June 2017. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A paper looking at the effectiveness of the pledge to reduce artificial trans fatty acids was published in the European Journal of Public Health in February 2017. To download a copy of this article please click here>>

A paper looking at the likely effectiveness of the health at work pledges was published in the Journal of Public Health in June 2016. To download a copy of this article please click here >>

A paper on alcohol labelling pledges was published in Addiction in January 2016. To download a copy of this article please click here >>

A paper on the physical activity pledges was published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity in September 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here >>

A paper describing the development and implementation of the Responsibility Deal was published in Health Policy in November 2015. To see a copy of this article please click here >>

A paper looking at the effectiveness of the food pledges was published in Food Policy in July 2015. To download a copy of this article please click here >>

Two papers on the alcohol pledges were published in Addiction in March 2015. To download copies of these articles please click here>> and here>>

A paper outlining an approach to evaluate the Responsibility Deal was published in the Journal of Public Health in July 2013. To download a copy of this article please click here >>

A paper about the scoping review was published in Health Policy in May 2013. To download a copy of this article please click here >>


National datasets

An article describing several examples of how national clinical databases have been used to evaluate meso- and macro-level policies was published online by 'Health Policy' in October 2012. To see an abstract of this article please click here >>


Modelling capacity in social care

For the Department of Health, PIRU investigated policy needs for simulation and modelling of social care service innovations, and looked at the extent of modelling expertise available in the UK. To read the PIRU report, please click here >>


Drug recovery wing (DRW) pilot study

PIRU provided two guidance notes to the Department of Health on issues to do with evaluating the DRW pilots. To download a copy of the May 2012 guidance note please click here >>
To download a copy of the December 2011 guidance note please click here >>


Evaluation of the drugs recovery PbR (payment by results) pilots programme

PIRU provided a guidance note to the Department of Health on issues to do with evaluating the pilot programme. To download a copy of the August 2011 guidance note please click here >>