Prior to any improvement project, it is important to assess whether the problem has been tackled elsewhere and what developments have already been made elsewhere.
Horizon scanning and reviews can support forward planning and inform project development, whilst enabling you to explore factors and interventions that may have potential impact. You might also discover other organisations with a similar remit in order to share learning.
A background review may help prevent reinvention of the wheel!
Healthcare Improvement Scotland evidence teams have developed a range of evidence-based products to support the delivery of high quality healthcare improvement and these are openly available to all.
The methodology toolkit is particularly useful, providing a synopsis of each of the methods used in producing evidence, information to assist in choosing an evidence methodology to use for a particular purpose.
- Methodology toolkit: Healthcare Improvement Scotland
- Commissioners also need to base decisions on best evidence: Evidence & Evaluation toolkits