The majority of the research undertaken by THETA members ultimately seeks to inform policies designed to improve the delivery of care in the UK and elsewhere.
One of the drivers of THETA projects are major government policy changes that have been implemented in order to change the behaviour of health care providers and organisations in various countries, but primarily in the UK. Research projects in THETA seek to contribute to the evaluation of these policy changes.
THETA directly contributes to the evidence base used by stakeholders and policy makers to shape future policies. For example, a lot of the economic evaluations undertaken by THETA economists directly contributes to the writing up of NICE guidelines.
Finally, through the more methodological work undertaken by THETA researchers contribute to the development of better methods for policy and programme evaluation. For example, a project developing a framework to appropriately address missing data was directly linked to the assessment of provider performance through the analysis of PROM data.
Key people: John Cairns, Mylene Lagarde, Neil Hawkins, Mark Pennington, Laia Maynou-Pujolras, Noemi Kreif, Stephen O’Neill, Silvia Perra