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Guest lecture

Improving the Value of Policy Evaluation

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The Treasury is pleased to sponsor the following Treasury Guest Lecture by Prof Nicholas Mays.


A range of supply side, demand side and interactive proposals have been put forward to improve the 'value' of policy evaluation.  But, do they stand any chance of success?  Are the expectations of what evaluation can achieve realistic in Westminster-style government systems?


Nicholas Mays is Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he has been since 2003. He also directs the Department of Health-funded Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation Research. This is an innovative venture that began in January 2011 aimed at involving a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the very earliest stages of national policy development and evaluation of innovative programmes and policies across health services, social care and public health.

Nicholas is also scientific coordinator of the Department of Health-funded Health Reforms Evaluation Programme which aims to evaluate the impact of two sets of major reforms of the English NHS: firstly, the market-related reforms of the period 2002-10; and secondly, the changes following the 2008 Next Stage Review, ‘High quality care for all’.

Nicholas has a background in social policy, policy analysis and health care policy evaluation.

He has experience as a policy advisor in government, having been principal health policy advisor in the New Zealand Treasury, 1998-2003. He continues periodically to advise the NZ Ministry of Health and Treasury on health system strategy. From 1994 to 1998 he was Director of Health Services Research at the King’s Fund, London. Overall, he has 30 years’ experience in health services research and policy evaluation.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 21 February 2013