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Research and evaluation

Our research and evaluation support enables our partners to reflect better, understand deeper, and prioritise with more energy.

We believe that data should make a difference to the world around us, and we use our research and evaluation expertise to support quality improvement and practical impactful change. We have an expert team and an array of technical approaches to enable quality conversations, innovative data collection and smart analyses in a digital era.

Our approach

Our approach to impact measurement is based on widespread experience from across health and healthcare in research, clinical, managerial and policy roles.

We deliver everything you might need to measure, evaluate and learn: from scoping and feasibility exercises to large scale mixed-methods evaluations. We help you work through your needs from start to finish, whether that is designing robust change indicators and a theory of change, data collection and analysis, or disseminating audience-specific learning. We have innovative ways to gather views, assess evidence, and start problem-solving conversations.

Most importantly we will always put people, not data, at the heart of our evaluation design.

Our services

We know that evaluation and data measurement can be both time consuming and challenging. We produce research and evaluation programmes that fit your needs and motivate and inspire key stakeholders.

We draw on a suite of analytical approaches to assess impact in the complex world of health and care. These include:

  • Theory of change design, metrics development and logical frameworks to establish what success would look like and how to measure it.
  • Rapid scoping research and systematic reviews to explore the full range of existing knowledge on your topic, define research questions and inform programme design.
  • Case studies and stories of change, articulating the ‘how’, the ‘why’, and the success factors contributing to impact.
  • Online surveys, key informant interviews, community-engagement events and focus group discussions to gather data and capture diverse perspectives.
  • Measurement prioritisation and dashboard development to transform quantitative measures into beautiful and meaningful dashboards to tell your data story at a glance and track progress over time.
  • Evidence synthesis and knowledge dissemination to transform rich data into useful information, packaged for different audiences, with a focus on engagement and motivation.
  • Social network analysis to map out collaboration, connectivity and cooperation, tracking change over time and presented for technical and non-technical audiences.

Our range of services are adaptable to large and small scale requirements, tailored to your context. At Kaleidoscope we engage your audiences through innovative means, focussing on understanding their needs and learning styles, producing evidence that will be widely disseminated and directly actionable. In particular, we design all projects with an understanding of your competing pressures and the need for practical insights and solutions.

Read more in our research and evaluation prospectus.

Our experience

We combine traditional and innovative methodologies with our expertise in delivering insights and learning. We have supported a range of evaluation and impact initiatives for NHS England and Improvement, RM Partners, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Barts NHS Trust, Public Health England, Versus Arthritis, UCL, National Institute of Health and Care Research, Helpforce, Guys and St Thomas’ Charity, and many others.

Versus Arthritis: we provided a mixed methods evaluation of the MSK Champions Programme, measuring change in leadership and professional networks for musculoskeletal care, and assessing contribution to health service delivery outcomes. Case studies, key informant interviews, online surveys and social network analyses were combined to articulate the programme’s effectiveness, strategic relevance, and attributed improvements in MSK care at the midpoint.

Public Health England: we provided evaluation design and shared learning to support the evaluation and dissemination of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. We researched best practice in delivering local change from national policy, undertook a stakeholder survey, and designed a formative evaluation including a theory of change and measurement framework to support local authorities to improve public mental health. We also produced a range of communication products, running 20 events to support the document’s dissemination and shared learning following publication.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP: we carried out a pathways and performance analysis of diabetes care and scoping of the role of primary care networks in digital interventions as part of our work on developing digital pathways for diabetes. We conducted surveys among patients, practices and PCNs to map out challenges and opportunities for digital solutions for diabetes care. A process map and interactive dashboards highlighted gaps and opportunities for digital interventions.

What our clients say

“We greatly enjoyed our long-term relationship with Kaleidoscope, from the very start of the Prevention Concordat right through to seeing its impact in practice. Kaleidoscope’s all round approach was crucial to the success of the Concordat in improving mental health.”

Lily Makurah, National Lead for Public Mental Health, Public Health England

“Kaleidoscope Health and Care used a rigorous approach to develop a comprehensive case study of the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network and showcase its learnings. They used an effective blend of interviews and workshops to enable network leaders to reflect on the network’s progress and evaluate its achievements. Kaleidoscope has extensive knowledge and experience in network design, support and evaluation and brought this to bear to develop a thorough and highly engaging report.”

Oliver Smithson, Programme Manager, The Health Foundation

“Working with Kaleidoscope on our programme evaluation has been a true exercise in partnership – their unique approach to codesign has resulted in a high quality piece of work, using a process that has been both fun and constructively challenging. We have been encouraged to think differently, creatively and have enjoyed working with every member of the team to produce a high quality, credible evaluation.”

James Dunphy, Senior Programme Lead ‑ MSK Clinical Champions, Versus Arthritis

Could we help you?

Could our research and evaluation services help with your programme design, monitoring and evaluation, strategy adaptation and learning, problem solving or evidence dissemination? Get in touch to talk about our options.