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Evaluation and Research Support Team

Founded in 2008, the evaluation service at the Institute conducts rapid and robust service evaluations for health and social care clients nationally. We have experience and expertise in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including:

  • Systematic and rapid reviews of existing literature
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Analysis of large data sets
  • Interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Social return on investment analysis

Current work

The evaluation service is currently carrying out a number of evaluations within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and also for other NHS trusts locally and nationally as well as third sector voluntary organisations. In addition to this the team provide support for research bids as well as writing and submitting their own research bids.

Recent clients include:

  • Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – County Health Partnerships and Forensic Services
  • Nottingham City NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West London Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit
  • NHS England, Midlands and East
  • Public Health England

We also work with third sector organisations to provide research an evaluation support of programmes and interventions. Recent clients include:

  • The Women’s Centre – Nottingham
  • Leicester Ageing Together
  • Photographer’s Hub Nottingham

About us

An evaluation function is provided by academics and researchers working in evaluation, within the Institute. Dr Louise Thomson is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research Support and Evaluation at IMH. Her previous positions include working for CLAHRC-NDL, Loughborough University, and the Institute of Employment Studies. Louise has both qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation experience. Louise is supported by Sarah Hadfield, Research Support Officer. Sarah has previously worked in academic research at a HEI. Her degree and post-graduate degree are in social science.

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0115 748 4298

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Statistical Support Services

The aim is to provide a free source of advice and support for staff in the Trust who are engaged in research and evaluation activities. Our aim is to equip services with the skills and capacity to conduct evaluation. Therefore we also offer training and advice services. The service is run by members of the Institute's Research Support and Evaluation team, and associated IMH Fellows, who can offer advice on:

  • Data collection tools
  • Research designs
  • Appropriate methods of data analysis
  • Identifying sources of health data
  • Economic evaluations for digital technology products and services
  • Service evaluation methods