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Evidence-based Evaluation CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This course introduces learners to the purpose and importance of evidence-based evaluation. Learners will be introduced to the main types of evaluation and guided through the steps to successfully plan and manage an evaluation.

This module aims to:

  • Emphasise the importance of conducting evidence-based evaluations for improving quality and value, and spreading innovation and good practice across health and social care.
  • Guide you through the steps required to conduct or manage a successful evaluation (from initial design, planning and stakeholder engagement, through to implementation, analysis and reporting), and how to address common challenges and barriers.
  • Introduce you to the main types of evaluation (outcome, process and economic).
  • Provide you with a thorough grounding in the main approaches and methodologies used in the evaluation of interventions (qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods) and their limitations, and in evidence appraisal and synthesis skills.
  • Help you achieve maximum impact in disseminating evaluation findings for the benefit of service users, organisations and wider society, and in supporting others to make effective use of them.

Module dates

Term 2

JAN: Friday 22 and 29 January 2021
FEB: Friday 5,12 and 19 February 2021
MAR: Friday 5,12,19 and 26 March 2021

Module Submission date:Friday 2 April 2021

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Explain evidence-based practice and the importance of conducting robust evaluation and monitoring of interventions within health and social care
  • Evaluate critically the steps required to conduct and manage a successful evaluation, from initial planning and stakeholder engagement through to implementation, analysis and reporting of results
  • Explore and synthesise the core principles of evaluation, common types of evaluation and the main qualitative and quantitative approaches and methodologies used
  • Critically discuss and apply as appropriate approaches to the effective dissemination of evaluation findings, and of the barriers hindering wider uptake and diffusion of evaluation research.


  • Carry out a successful and robust evaluation of health and social care interventions
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, critically appraise and synthesise evidence and data from a range of sources, and to use it to inform evaluation design and planning
  • Identify and critically apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods
  • Disseminate the results of research and evaluation activities clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences, and actively contribute to building the evidence base for improvement and innovation in health and social care



English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0




Teaching for this module will take place online with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Teaching will take a variety forms including lectures, discussion forums, group tasks and seminars. There are 40 scheduled hours of contact time for this module.


  • A 2-hour online test comprising short answers and/or multiple choice questions to assess your knowledge across the range of topics covered in the module (40%)
  • A 3,500-word evaluation plan that sets out the details of a proposed evaluation of an intervention, chosen by you. This could be an intervention with which you have been personally involved, or one which you would like to see implemented. The evaluation plan should include information about what the evaluation is trying to do and how it will be carried out (60%)

Both elements of the assessment must be passed at 50%