To mark its tenth anniversary, the Department of Health commissioned the PRiSM unit to consider the question: ‘What are the ways in which NIHR has benefited the health research landscape in the past ten years?’
PRiSM researchers from RAND Europe and the Policy Institute at King's College London offer eight lessons for funders about how biomedical research generates impact.
PRISM researchers based at RAND Europe have analysed the economic impact of the NIHR's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme, which funds research on the effectiveness, costs and impacts of healthcare technologies in the NHS.
Given that recent progress has been limited in research and innovation on dementia treatment, the Department of Health (DH) commissioned RAND Europe to examine breakthroughs in the treatment of four health conditions and identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context.
RAND Europe evaluated the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leadership Programme, which ran in two phases (2009-2011 and 2012-2014). The evaluations aimed to help the Department of Health account for public spending, assess whether the programme has helped further NIHR objectives, and enhance the programme's effectiveness.
We examined international examples of interventions to speed up the adoption of innovative medicines and medical technology as part of a UK Government review on accelerating access to new drugs, devices and diagnostics.
Can scientists who question the ideas of their peers win funding? A UK funding programme was formed around the idea they struggle to do so, but that civilisation urgently needs their radical ideas. This programme, BP’s Venture Research Unit, sought to identify and support these scientists. RAND Europe has produced a concise summary of how the programme worked.
Mental Health Retrosight is about understanding how research translates into clinical application, with a focus on schizophrenia. How can funders and policymakers encourage the most efficient and effective use of research resources to quickly bring new treatments and cures to millions of sufferers?
In April 2013, the Department of Health (DH) announced an open competition to designate Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. To support the current competition, the DH commissioned RAND Europe to compile and analyse various types of publicly available data and quality assessments in the domains of medical research and health education.
This research involved a comparative study of the practice of those who are subject to regulatory requirements in the health research, medical drugs, environmental and financial sectors conducted to assist understanding of health research governance in the UK.
This project aimed to review the current research evidence around the effectiveness and efficiency of the peer review process for allocating research funding. The peer review process is central to most models of funding and hence we wanted to understand what evidence there was about its effectiveness and efficiency.
Project Retrosight analysed 29 carefully selected cardiovascular and stroke research case studies in Australia, Canada and the UK. Using the Payback Framework, the study examined the diversity of impact produced by this kind of research and identified factors associated with various levels of payback.
RAND Europe was asked to conduct a bibliometric analysis of publications from NIHR Senior Investigator applicants, for three rounds of awards. This bibliometric analysis was intended to inform and support the decision-making of a selection committee consisting of a panel of experts convened by R&DD/NIHR. Its specific purpose was to assist in identifying those applicants that combined research excellence with the ability to translate their research into benefits for patients and the health and well-being of the public.
This evaluation of the pilot Health Technology Cooperatives (HTCs), part of England's research infrastructure, explored how the HTCs fit into the health innovation landscape and recommended how best to support core HTC activities in the future.
The use of bibliometrics is becoming increasingly prevalent. For the English Department of Health, it is used in combination with other evaluation approaches to help inform decision-making.