What’s being evaluated and how?
As part of the co-design process in 2015, a ‘theory of change’ was developed for Q. This involved understanding the core elements of what we are trying to achieve, and how.
Alongside being clear on the intended areas of impact, we are committed to understanding more about the contribution Q makes and through what mechanisms.
To ensure high quality, robust analysis we have commissioned RAND Europe to undertake an independent, yet embedded, evaluation. The evaluation of the design year of Q has been published and describes early progress, challenges and successes.
The ongoing evaluation will help to inform how well Q is progressing towards its aims, as well as exploring unintended consequences. RAND Europe will use various methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups and document review and will involve key stakeholders (including members).
Formative feedback will be used to improve the design and management of Q. An interim evaluation learning report (Q: The Journey so Far) was published in Septebmer 2018 and the final evaluation report will be published in 2020.
How will we share what we are learning with others?
As a large scale, diverse community of people working to improve quality, Q is unique. We aim to generate learning, insight and evidence that will be of interest and benefit to a wide range of people.
The community will also be a valuable way to spread information rapidly and disseminate what we collectively uncover. We hope to share what we learn through a range of methods including publications, social media, presentations and academic journal articles.