Evaluation and its importance for nursing practice
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Evaluation and its importance for nursing practice

Pam Moule Professor of health services research (service evaluation), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of West of England, Bristol
Julie Armoogum Macmillan senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of West of England, Bristol
Emma Douglass Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of West of England, Bristol
Dr Julie Taylor Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of West of England, Bristol

Evaluation of service delivery is an important aspect of nursing practice. Service evaluation is being increasingly used and led by nurses, who are well placed to evaluate service and practice delivery. This article defines evaluation of services and wider care delivery and its relevance in NHS practice and policy. It aims to encourage nurses to think about how evaluation of services or practice differs from research and audit activity and to consider why and how they should use evaluation in their practice. A process for planning and conducting an evaluation and disseminating findings is presented. Evaluation in the healthcare context can be a complicated activity and some of the potential challenges of evaluation are described, alongside possible solutions. Further resources and guidance on evaluation activity to support nurses’ ongoing development are identified.

Nursing Standard. 31, 35, 55-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10782

Correspondence

pam.moule@uwe.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 November 2016

Accepted: 16 February 2017

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