The Evaluation Framework
How do we know that we are progressing towards achieving the delivery of the vision for Knowledge for Healthcare?
The aim for the Quality and Impact work-stream in delivering the vision is to enhance the quality and demonstrate value of library and knowledge services. Working with Sharon Markless, strategic development of an overarching Evaluation Framework for healthcare library and knowledge services has been produced.
The framework will enable the evaluation of library and knowledge service delivery providing data to demonstrate impact, assure quality of services, and enable service improvement. The framework is based around six objectives defining the contribution Library and knowledge services can make to the achievement of Knowledge for Healthcare. These have been chosen areas which are in the direct sphere of influence and action by library and knowledge services.
The Six Impact Objectives:
- Organisations are more effective in mobilising evidence and internally generated knowledge
- Patients, carers and the public are empowered to use information to make health and well-being choices
- Improved consistency and increased productivity and efficiency of healthcare library and knowledge services
- Enhanced quality of healthcare library and knowledge services
- Partnership working is the norm in delivering knowledge to healthcare
- Increased capability, confidence and capacity of library and knowledge services workforce
The framework will provide a clear purpose for the collection of evidence, activity and statistical collections. The implementation of the framework will begin from July 2017 and there will be an opportunity for involvement in development and piloting of the supporting evaluation processes.
Education Development Programme Lead, Health Education England
Chair Quality and Impact Working Group