The University of Manchester has been awarded a research contract for the independent evaluation of the Department of Health’s drug and alcohol recovery payment by results pilots programme.
The evaluation contract follows a rigorous open competitive tendering exercise, advice from an independent expert commissioning panel, and a process of post-tender negotiations with the preferred bidder.
The overall aim of the evaluation is to investigate whether, how, and to what extent, a payment by results approach can stimulate the market to provide different schemes, co-ordinated across a range of services, that successfully initiate and sustain the recovery of individuals from drug and alcohol dependence, and their successful re-integration into their communities.
Key features of the research contract
Key features of the contract include:
- three-year study combining process, outcomes and economic evaluations (subject to a preliminary scoping and feasibility phase)
- collaborative partnership between the University of Manchester and Birkbeck College London
- budget up to £1 million
- regular progress and interim reporting
- focus on reflexive learning
An initial scoping and feasibility report will be submitted to the Department of Health in June 2012, to include a selective review of the relevant research literature, refined evaluation proposals, detail on the engagement with the pilot sites, and any emerging findings.