Evaluate current policy and practice

Measuring outcomes and impact for health improvement and inequalities in a partnership context can be challenging. The evaluation support and tools provided below give more information on the process of evaluating policy and practice.

Evaluation support and tools

In this section you will find information on:

NHS Health Scotland

NHS Health Scotland provides public health information, advice and expertise that will help our partners improve health and reduce inequalities.

Some examples of recent evaluation work from NHS Health Scotland include:

Evaluation of Keep Well

Keep Well has been evaluated with the aim of building knowledge about the feasibility and challenges of delivering the project, and the success of different approaches to engagement and service redesign

NHS Health Scotland has produced many reports which may help you with future projects. A searchable database of evaluations of health improvement initiatives in Scotland is available.

Evaluation Support Scotland

Evaluation Support Scotland (external link) works with voluntary organisations and funders to assist them to measure the impact of their work. They provide practical support and access to resources and tools


RE-AIM (external link) is a framework to encourage programme planners, evaluators, and policy-makers to pay more attention to essential programme elements to help improve the sustainable adoption and implementation of effective evidence-based interventions.

The five steps of RE-AIM are

  • Reach the target population
  • Effectiveness or efficacy
  • Adoption by target settings or institutions
  • Implementation, consistency of delivery of intervention
  • Maintenance of intervention effects in individuals and settings over time.

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Learning, Evaluation and Planning (LEAP)

The LEAP framework is designed to support a partnership approach to achieving change and improvement in the quality of community life. It describes both an approach to change and a 5 step planning and evaluation cycle that can be used to implement this approach.

The LEAP planning and evaluation cycle is based on 7 simple but important questions:

  • What is the need we are trying to address?
  • What specifically needs to change?
  • How will we know if change has taken place?
  • What will we actually do?
  • How will we make sure we´re doing it as planned?
  • How successful have we been and what have we learned?
  • What now needs to change?

Further information about the planning and evaluation cycle, as well as accessing resources available, is available on the Scottish Community Development Centre website (external link).

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

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