What and how to evaluate
There are a number of elements within the activity of priority setting which can benefit from evaluation. These include:
- materials and events
- ways of working
- progress and achievements
The aim of this section is to act as a practical guide, but also to explain clearly the theories supporting such approaches.
This approach to evaluation fits within a framework that has been piloted with patients, clinicians and researchers, covering process criteria (stakeholder representation, process structure and management), direct outcome criteria (a consensus agenda that acknowledges participants’ perspectives and offers practical directions for research), and indirect outcome criteria (learning about procedures and each others’ ideas).1
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