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The evaluation cycle

Using and generating evidence to inform decision making is vital to your role as a commissioner of health and social care.

Use the steps in the evaluation cycle to help you to develop appropriate evaluation plans for the services you commission.

Identify & Understand

Identify & Understand

Who are my stakeholders?

What is the evidence base?

What will the service do and how will it work?

Go to Step 1: Identify & Understand


Do I need to do an evaluation?

Am I doing an evaluation?

Go to Step 2: Assess


What is the purpose of my evaluation?

What approach should I take and what resources do I need?

Go to Step 3: Plan


How will I collect and analyse the data?

Go to Step 4: Do
Review & Act

Review & Act

How will I present, share and act on my findings?

Go to Step 5: Review & Act
Start the evaluation cycle
GP Alcohol Liaison Nurse Pilot GP Alcohol Liaison Nurse Pilot This case study is the evaluation of a pilot service for a GP Alcohol Liaison  Nurse.    The service was evaluated through its second year, and the evaluation findings were used to inform whether the service was to be fully commissioned...

Research can do more than contribute to better decisions – it can change the way we think about issues or problems and stimulate new and different ideas about services. In short, it’s vital to our capacity for innovation.”

Professor K Walshe
Associate Director of the National Institute of Health Research