Strategic decision makers in health and social care are faced with the challenge of how to allocate scarce resources in order to improve the health and well-being of the people they serve. In making these decisions they will have to balance competing priorities, there may not be one right answer, and there are often uncertainties about the future.
Through the Midlands Decision Support Network, we are working together across all of our partners to develop tools and guidance to help and support local health and care systems to make better informed decisions through evidence, analysis and evaluation. By working together across the network, we are learning from each other and using this learning to develop guidance for our local systems.
In 2020/21, the Midlands Decision Support Unit published guidance on designing a local DSU, evaluation and decision making.
We have just updated the section to include two new resources:
- Insight to Action Guide
- Evidence Guide
Guidance and Standards
These design principles have been developed to help guide local-decision making when forming a local decision support unit
This guide has been produced to take you through the process, and considerations, in designing and delivering a high quality evaluation – whatever your resources
Embracing Uncertainty: A guide to support strategic decision making in health and social care is the first guide to decision making for the Midlands Decision Support Network
The Knowledge Library is a collection of evidence and analysis produced by Midlands Decision Support Network to encourage knowledge sharing. The criteria for adding documents to the library is set out in our content management strategy.
Finding evidence for decision making: this guide is written for analysts who are seeking to triangulate findings with the wider evidence base and anyone that wants to use evidence to inform decisions about health and care.
The Insight to Action guide provides an introduction to using data and evidence to support changes in health and social care.