Abstracts: November 6th, 2000

Martin Buxton, Steve Hanney, Tim Packwood, Simon Roberts and Penny Youl.Public services in the UK are increasingly expected to account for their outputs and performance. This article describes a retrospective evaluation of the benefits from the research and development funded by a regional office of the NHS Executive. The methods adopted enabled the various elements of the region’s R & d portfolio to be examined and provided the basis for the development of a plan for regular monitoring. The proposals for implementation are feeding into a debate as to how the health service R&D might best be monitored nationally in a way that is compatible with the norms and practices of research inother contexts.

Assessing Benefits from Department of Health and National Health Service Research and Development. Public Money and Management October-December 2000. Page 29. Published by Blackwell.