Evidencing the Impact of Knowledge Services in the NHS in Scotland

A presentation by Dr. Sarah Morton, Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.

Event Details

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
12th floor, Room 199 [note room change]
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships were commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland and Health Improvement Scotland to conduct research investigating how different types of knowledge can be combined to help improve frontline health care, and to help define four national strategic Knowledge to Action (K2A) projects. Having combined lessons from a literature review, focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders, an evaluation framework was built to support the new national projects. In order to operationalize these, and building on work already carried out for evaluating K2A and the lessons from the literature, an approach using contribution analysis was used.  

Sarah will explain the evaluation principles and set out how the evaluation framework provides:

  • A context specific problem-focused approach to planning and evaluation
  • A clear method of linking K2A activities to wider outcomes
  • The potential to aggregate from project-level data to programmes
  • A pragmatic approach which can help with planning, encourage reflexivity and create learning communities which will enhance planned K2A processes

About the Speaker

Sarah MortonDr. Sarah Morton works at the interface between social research, policy and practice in a range of leadership roles. She is Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships where she leads a Knowledge Exchange team which facilitates ways in which research on families and relationships can be widely used. She is the Knowledge Exchange Specialist for the Scottish School for Public Health Research and an Impact Analyst within the University of Edinburgh. She is an associate of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation and was member of the Scottish Funding Council’s working group on Knowledge Exchange and Public Policy.

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