Diffusion, Implementation and Quality Assurance of Health Innovations in Europe
Full course description
Once we know what good and best practices are (modules 2 and 3), once we know what role EU institutions play in bringing this evidence to norms (module 4), we need to know how to really ensure that good and best practices are known, accepted and implemented with a sustainable positive effect. We focus on aspects of diffusion and dissemination by taking (policy) learning and transferability into account. Thus, the aim of this module is to enable students to learn and think critically about the translation, diffusion/dissemination (incl. references to “scalability”, “transferability” and “policy learning”), and implementation.
Once a new practice is implemented, however, there is no guarantee that it will be continuously effective. Following the cycle of the Public Health Trias, policies and other kinds of interventions need to be assured and improved, and that means to re-assessed and, if necessary, modified or replaced. Thus, students also explore the role and influence of monitoring and quality systems and agencies in public health and health care as applied in Europe.
Students started to study assessment tools and evaluation methods earlier in the programme (module EPH4003). Now the focus switches from identifying examples of good practices in the earlier phases of policy making (assessment/agenda setting/policy formulation) to monitoring , assessing and evaluating the implementation and impact (output and outcome) of (European) policy interventions.
To acquire knowledge about the translation, transferability, diffusion, implementation and quality assurance of innovative good practices
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