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Rapid, Responsive, and Relevant? A Systematic Review of Rapid Evaluations in Health Care

Vindrola, C; Brage, E; Johnson, G; (2021) Rapid, Responsive, and Relevant? A Systematic Review of Rapid Evaluations in Health Care. American Journal of Evaluation , 42 (1) pp. 13-27. 10.1177/1098214019886914. Green open access

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Abstract

Changing health-care climates mean evaluators need to provide findings within shorter time frames, but challenges remain in the creation of rapid research designs capable of delivering quality data to inform decision-making processes. We conducted a review of articles to grapple with these challenges and explore the ways in which rapid evaluations have been used in health care. We found different labels being used to define rapid evaluations and identified a trend in the design of evaluations, where evaluators are moving away from short studies to longer evaluations with multiple feedback loops or cyclical stages. Evaluators are using strategies to speed up evaluations: conducting data collection and analysis in parallel, eliminating the use of transcripts, and utilizing larger evaluation teams to share the workload. Questions persist in relation to the suitability of rapid evaluation designs, the trustworthiness of the data, and the degree to which evaluation findings are used to make changes in practice.

Type: Article
Title: Rapid, Responsive, and Relevant? A Systematic Review of Rapid Evaluations in Health Care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1098214019886914
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214019886914
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: rapid evaluation methods, rapid feedback evaluations, rapid cycle evaluations, data validity, health care
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103122
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