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In her methodological insights presentation for the HSR UK Conference 2020, Dr Holly Walton discusses  rapid prioritisation work completed on behalf of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) by the Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET) and the Birmingham, RAND Europe and Cambridge (BRACE) Rapid Evaluation Centre in identifying and prioritising a shortlist of innovations to evaluate in adult social care and social work.

The rapid horizon scanning and prioritisation work was undertaken by a team drawn from BRACE and RSET jointly. The identification of innovations followed an adapted version of the James Lind Alliance method for priority setting which followed four steps:

  1. Identification of innovations, seeking inputs from 182 stakeholders (individuals and organisations);
  2. Development of criteria for shortlisting;
  3. Grouping and sifting innovations;
  4. Prioritisation of innovations in a workshop setting with 23 stakeholders including several service users.

 This approach was successful in identifying 158 innovations from 43 organisations, which led to developing a shortlist and identifying the top five priorities as part of a workshop. The next stage will be to conduct further scoping in order to identify two innovations that can be taken forward and evaluated independently by the two rapid evaluation teams.

 The authors of the research paper are:  Manbinder Sidhu, Holly Walton, Katherine Cowan, Amelia Harshfield, Pei Li Ng, Antiopi Ntouva, Sonila M. Tomini, Jon Sussex & Naomi J. Fulop.

Download the presentation in full here. Further details of this evaluation project can be found here on the BRACE website. 

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