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Small-Scale Evaluation in Health

Small-Scale Evaluation in Health
A Practical Guide

216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Small-Scale Evaluation in Health is an easy-to-use guide that sets out the basics of designing, conducting, and analyzing an evaluation study in healthcare settings from start to finish.

The authors take a straight-forward, practical approach, assuming no previous knowledge or experience of evaluation. All the basics are covered, including:

  • How to plan an evaluation
  • Research Governance and ethics
  • Understanding data
  • Interpreting findings
  • Writing a report

Cases included throughout demonstrate evaluation in action, and self learning courses are available to give the reader an opportunity to develop their skills further in the methods and analysis involved in evaluation. This is a supportive, accessible guide that is ideal for healthcare professionals and students designing and conducting their own evaluation studies for the first time.
What Is an Evaluation?
Searching and Reviewing the Literature
Evaluation Design
How to Plan an Evaluation
Research Governance and Ethics
Collecting Data
Understanding Numerical Data
Storing Data
Analyzing Data
Interpreting the Findings
Writing a Report

This is a useful book that provides some very practical information and further resources for the students.

It is well set out and user friendly.

Miss Sue Lillyman
Instiutute of health and society, University of Worcester
June 15, 2012

Excellent well constructed text

Dr Michael Snowden
Please select your department, Please select your institution
June 12, 2012

Ideal book for health and social care practioners who need to understand, commission, or undertake evaluation of services or interventions. Very clearly laid out with lots of good examples

Professor Jackie Campbell
Health , Northampton University
December 16, 2011

This is a really good text for BA level students and possibly MSc students.

Dr Lyvonne Tume
Faculty of Health, Liverpool John Moores University
December 16, 2011

Essential practical guidance for undergraduate and Masters level students

Miss Marion Aylott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
January 12, 2011

This is a simple easy to read text for novice practitioners with little research experience. The chapter summaries, frequently asked questions and links to further reading and resources provides added value as does the use of case studies, tables and charts and examples.

Mrs Joy Murray
Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of England, Bristol
April 2, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Sinead Brophy

I have worked in the field of epidemiology for chronic disease for 12+ years and have published more than 40 papers in this field. I am Senior Lecturer in the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) which is one of five new UKCRC Centres of Public Health Research Excellence.Member of the steering committee of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Group.Member of British Society for Rheumatology. More About Author

Helen Snooks

I am a professor in Health Services Research, based in the Centre for Health Information Research and Evaluation (CHIRAL) in the School of Medicine at Swansea University. I am currently Director of AWARD's Mid and West Wales section. My main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness, and research support. I am chair of the 999 EMS Research forum and lead the Thematic Research network for emergency and UnScheduled Treatment (TRUST). The focus of my work is to plan, design and carry out evaluations of new models of service delivery. My work is strongly... More About Author

Lesley J Griffiths

I was awarded a personal chair in 2006. I am a sociologist who specialises in research which explores the experience of patients, service users and carers. I have a particular interest in the use of qualitative methods especially in methods designed to analyse talk and text. More About Author

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