HSMC Research and Evaluation

HSMC research and evaluation focus on the translation of policy and service innovations into practice. Our approaches capture experience from different perspectives and in doing so promote new insights and understanding.

We draw on different methods that build on our expertise in the following areas:

  • Implementation Science: providing in depth understanding of how innovations work, for whom, and in what circumstances
  • Action Learning: promote individual and organisational development approaches that engage with complex problems or challenges
  • Co-production: promoting collaborative ways of working between providers and users of services to reach collective outcomes
  • Rapid evaluation: to design both timely and systematic evaluation approaches within time and resource constraints
  • Evidence synthesis: bringing together information and data to identify and fill gaps in knowledge, establish best-practice guidance, and advise policymakers and practitioners

HSMC's main research is organised around the following broad themes:   


HSMC research and evaluation engage with a range of workforce perspectives. Central to its work has been to support leaders in navigating services changes and policy reform. In doing it has proactively aimed to support the development of leadership cultures in the areas of care quality and safety. HSMC also has experience of research and evaluation of role redesign and supporting clinicians and managers with workforce reconfigurations. 

Recent examples of our work include:

Innovation & Improvement

HSMC research and evaluation seeks to better understand the adoption and spread of new ideas and technologies. Its expertise engages with conceptual debates and discussion regarding concepts that shape our understanding of services such as integration, markets, safety, or culture. HSMC undertakes research of service level innovations and improvement involving organisational changes and configurations. Our research and evaluation analyse technology how to improve the translation of technology across different settings. 

Recent examples of our work include:

Decision making

HSMC research and evaluation aims to support approaches to better decision-making in the planning and delivery of care. A particular area of development is knowledge and understanding to support commissioning and decommissioning.

Recent examples of our work include:


HSMC research and evaluation engage with the experience of working across boundaries. Different types and scales of partnership working, and integration are studied with the view to gaining a better understanding of how collaborative relationships can be improved. 

Recent examples of our work include:

Global Heath

Details to follow.

Latest research publications

Alotaibi, SY 2023, 'Accreditation of primary health care centres in the KSA: lessons from developed and developing countries', Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 711-725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2022.12.012

King-Hill, S 2023, Blue light misogyny – an emergency on many levels. University of Birmingham. <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2023/blue-light-misogyny-an-emergency-on-many-levels>

King-Hill, S & Davis, J 2023, Can Labour’s plans bring an end to the damaging blame culture surrounding young men and boys?. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2023/05/15/can-labours-plans-bring-an-end-to-the-damaging-blame-culture-surrounding-young-men-and-boys/>

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