Netherlands, Nijmegen

Participatory Evaluation in Healthcare: What, Why and How?

when 1 August 2016 - 5 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 400

What measures are likely to be effective in reducing the burden of disease associated with, for instance, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, or ADHD? What measures are needed in order to render our healthcare systems more sustainable? Answers to questions like these require thoughtful, empirically adequate and responsive evaluations of alternative and innovative strategies. They also require the integration of empirical and normative inquiries.

ln healthcare, we are becoming increasingly aware of the limitations of conventional evaluation approaches in answering complex questions. As an alternative, participatory evaluation, approaches have been developed that involve multiple stakeholders. ln this novel approach, evaluation is considered a process in which scientists, decision-makers, and advocates communicate to identify relevant questions for analysis, to increase ownership of the evaluation and the results it produces. The emphasis here is on evaluation as a social learning process. By involving stakeholders we can increase the relevance of an evaluation, and implementation of the recommendation may be more effective.

Our faculty consists of researchers with ample experience in the field of participatory evaluation. Guest lectures will be held by leading evaluation scientists. During the course, you will apply the novel methodology to a case study and present your results on the final day. The course is supplemented with e-learning material developed under the auspices of Health Technology Assessment international. The course is closely affiliated with the research programme at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS) and reflects one of the core objectives of Radboud university medical centre: patient-centred care.

Course leader

Dr. M. Tummers
Assistant professor
Health Technology Assessment

Target group

The course is designed for BSc or MSc students with a basic knowledge of the theory and practice of evaluation, as obtained in Biomedical Sciences, Policy Sciences or equivalent and for professionals who conduct evaluations of healthcare interventions or use their results in decision making.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Design and conduct a participatory evaluation of a healthcare intervention
- Reconstruct interpretative frames of stakeholders
- Understand how different judgments of healthcare interventions result from differences in problem definition, background theory and normative preferences
- Explain when and why participatory approaches to evaluation are indicated.

Fee info

EUR 400: € 400 - students & PhD candidates
€ 600 - postdocs & professionals

The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)