Keep Well Impact Evaluation

Keep Well Impact Evaluation

The primary purpose of this evaluation was to assess Keep Well's implementation and impact. This included assessing Keep Well´s contribution to improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities via a targeted approach to delivering health checks in primary care.

Evaluation approach

Two linked studies were used to assess the impacts of Keep Well:

1) Outcomes Analysis

This study compared data from before and after the introduction of Keep Well health checks from GPs participating in Wave 1 of Keep Well.

2) Local Variability Study

This study explored key variations in the way that Keep Well was been implemented across Scotland, using information gathered locally on implementation approaches and outcomes in local areas (NHS Board and practice level information). This was undertaken  by NHS Health Scotland. 

Management and Governance

Project Team
This work was coordinated by NHS Health Scotland’s Evaluation Team. A small project team met regularly to ensure that the Impact Evaluation progressed as planned and to address planning issues as they arose.

Advisory Group
An Evaluation Advisory Group was established to assure the quality and independence of the evaluation and to ensure good communication links with a wider set of stakeholders.

NHS Health Scotland reported directly to Scottish Government at regular intervals.

The final evaluation report was published on 19 August 2014. The evaluation was a collaboration between NHS Health Scotland, the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland and the University of Glasgow. It presents the findings from the pragmatic evaluation of the impacts of the Keep Well programme using routine data and information from NHS Boards.  It also provides a narrative about Keep Well’s history and evolution, and the extent of variation in the way the programme was delivered between Health Boards and over time, and it describes what is known and not known about the programme’s impacts, and why.

Download the report

For further information about this study please contact: Neil Craig at

Updated  22 January 2015

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