Guidance

In this section, we include guidance and standards to support local systems across the Midlands Decision Support Network to develop their own local decision support units. The guides are developed to support system leaders to improve the quality of decisions made, and in doing so provide some tools and techniques for decision makers to use.

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.

In 2021/22, we will be adding to this guidance, starting with our guide on ‘Insight to Action’.

 

 

Guidance and Standards

DSU Design Principles

These design principles have been developed to help guide local-decision making when forming a local decision support unit

DSU Design Principles
Evaluation Guide

This guide has been produced to take you through the process, and considerations, in designing and delivering a high quality evaluation – whatever your resources

Evaluation Guide
Decision Making

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

Decision Making
Knowledge Management - Content Management Strategy

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.

Knowledge Library – Content Management Strategy