NHS England Test Beds Programme: Evaluation learning from Wave 1

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This document shares learning about conducting real-world evaluations based on the experiences of Wave 1 of the Test Beds programme. It is designed to support innovation projects like the Test Beds which implement combinations of digital technology and pathway redesign in order to improve patient outcomes.


This evaluation handbook is designed to support a future wave of Test Bed programme directors, healthcare programme commissioners and other Test Bed project staff to:

  • Understand common evaluation challenges faced by the initial Wave 1 Test Beds and benefit from their learning.
  • Plan similar evaluation activity and access tools and guidance that can support their work.