CPMR discussion paper No. 21 evaluation in the Irish health sector

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/592864
Title:
CPMR discussion paper No. 21 evaluation in the Irish health sector
Authors:
Butler, Michelle
Affiliation:
Institute of Public Administration
Citation:
Butler, M (2002). CPMR Discussion Paper No. 21 Evaluation in the Irish Health Sector. Dublin:IPA.
Publisher:
Institute of Public Administration
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/592864
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Evaluation has a vital role to play in enabling health service planners and managers to attain the highest standards of effectiveness, efficiency, equity, quality and value for money in the services that they provide, and to demonstrate that attainment for accountability purposes. Evaluation has the potential to provide the evidence required for effective decision making at all levels of the health system and across all areas of health care provision. The important role of evaluation and the need to enhance evaluation demand and capacity in Irish health services is underpinned in recent policy documents, such as the two most recent health strategies (2001 and 1994), the Department of Health and Children’s (1998) Statement of Strategy, and the Report of the Commission on Health Funding (1989). In addition, recent legislative changes aim to enhance accountability, further endorsing the importance of monitoring and evaluation in health care management. Public expenditure allocated for the provision of health services has doubled since 1996 to just over €8bn in 2002. Over that time there has also been increasing interest in how effectively and efficiently funding is used. This shift in thinking is reflected in the increased emphasis placed on results-based management and evidence-based decision making in Ireland and internationally, in health services and in public services in general. The health strategy Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You, launched by the Department of Health and Children in 2001, outlines four national goals for the Irish health system: 1) better health for everyone; 2) fair access; 3) responsive and appropriate care; and 4) high performance. It also outlines a range of measures aimed at improving the performance of the health system and enhancing accountability for performance. The development of monitoring and evaluation is a central part of the strategy and the range of measures outlined include: the establishment of agencies with specific responsibility for setting standards in relation to monitoring and evaluation; organisational reform to support the evaluation function and to provide a better link between evaluation and health service planning; the development of formal reporting arrangements between health service funders and providers; additional investment in health research and the development of information technology to support evidence-based decision making.
Keywords:
EVALUATION; HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT; PUBLIC SECTOR

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dc.contributor.authorButler, Michelleen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-05T15:52:18Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-05T15:52:18Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.identifier.citationButler, M (2002). CPMR Discussion Paper No. 21 Evaluation in the Irish Health Sector. Dublin:IPA.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/592864en
dc.descriptionEvaluation has a vital role to play in enabling health service planners and managers to attain the highest standards of effectiveness, efficiency, equity, quality and value for money in the services that they provide, and to demonstrate that attainment for accountability purposes. Evaluation has the potential to provide the evidence required for effective decision making at all levels of the health system and across all areas of health care provision. The important role of evaluation and the need to enhance evaluation demand and capacity in Irish health services is underpinned in recent policy documents, such as the two most recent health strategies (2001 and 1994), the Department of Health and Children’s (1998) Statement of Strategy, and the Report of the Commission on Health Funding (1989). In addition, recent legislative changes aim to enhance accountability, further endorsing the importance of monitoring and evaluation in health care management. Public expenditure allocated for the provision of health services has doubled since 1996 to just over €8bn in 2002. Over that time there has also been increasing interest in how effectively and efficiently funding is used. This shift in thinking is reflected in the increased emphasis placed on results-based management and evidence-based decision making in Ireland and internationally, in health services and in public services in general. The health strategy Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You, launched by the Department of Health and Children in 2001, outlines four national goals for the Irish health system: 1) better health for everyone; 2) fair access; 3) responsive and appropriate care; and 4) high performance. It also outlines a range of measures aimed at improving the performance of the health system and enhancing accountability for performance. The development of monitoring and evaluation is a central part of the strategy and the range of measures outlined include: the establishment of agencies with specific responsibility for setting standards in relation to monitoring and evaluation; organisational reform to support the evaluation function and to provide a better link between evaluation and health service planning; the development of formal reporting arrangements between health service funders and providers; additional investment in health research and the development of information technology to support evidence-based decision making.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute of Public Administrationen
dc.subjectEVALUATIONen
dc.subjectHEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENTen
dc.subjectPUBLIC SECTORen
dc.titleCPMR discussion paper No. 21 evaluation in the Irish health sectoren
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute of Public Administrationen
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