The Social and Health Evaluation Unit (SHEU) was established in 2000 by Professor Roger Ellis OBE on the basis of his thirty years of experience of undertaking contract social research and developing contract research units. The Unit is led by Dr Elaine Hogard who has extensive experience of social research in Canada, USA and Northern Ireland as well as in the local area. At present the unit has six research staff and also draws on the expertise of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and other specialist schools in the University.
The Unit specialises in the evaluation of programmes of social, health and education intervention. The unit employs an innovative trident methodology for its evaluations which considers for any programme being evaluated
Multiple Stakeholder Perspectives
Four important principles underpin the Unit’s work:
Assurance of the highest standards of data gathering, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, to contribute to the formative and summative evaluation of programmes.
Cost effective delivery to contract specification in a timely fashion.
Identification with the core values and objectives of programmes dedicated to individual and social development.
The involvement of providers and recipients of such programmes in the process of evaluation.
Examples of the work undertaken by the staff of SHEU
Evaluation of the Clinical Facilitator in Nurse Education
Study of the Warrington Ethnic Minority Community's Perceptions of Public Safety
A survey of 7500 businesses in the Thames Valley region, examining the relationship between business activity and community safety
Evaluation of a Multi-Professional Skills Laboratory
Evaluation of Shaping the Future, a multi agency staff development project
Evaluation of Sure Start Birkenhead North
Evaluation of Sure Start Birkenhead Ferries
Evaluation of Sure start Birkenhead Central
Evaluation of Sure Start North Huyton
Evaluation of the Hanen Speech and Language Development Project
Evaluation of the Assistant Practitioner Multi-professional Project
Evaluation of the Making a Difference Nurse Education Curriculum
Evaluation of the Non-medical Prescribing e-learning Project
Evaluation of the Cheshire Constabulary's Safer Homes Initiative on behalf of the Home Office Police Standards Unit.
Evalutation of the Leeds Personality Disorder Network
The Unit works closely with the Practice Development and Research Units (PDRU) established by the Faculty in partnership with Trusts and with other research units in the University through the Institute for Social and Health Research. These include
PDRU for Surgical and Anaesthetic Nursing, Macclesfield District and General Hospital
PDRU for Women’s Services, Arrowe Park Hospital
PDRU for Children’s and Adolescent’s Services, Leighton Hospital
PDRU for Work with the Elderly, Arrowe Park Hospital
PDRU for Clinical Facilitation, Arrowe Park Hospital