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Provide infrastructure and expertise regionally and nationally to support high-quality evaluation, whilst delivering rapid evaluation to support evidence-based innovation, and ensuring research includes patient populations with the greatest need.


To provide infrastructure and expertise regionally and nationally to support high-quality evaluation. In particular, we aim to refine methodologies to tackle two critical issues to enhance the impact of applied health research within Greater Manchester.

  • Delivery of rapid evaluation to support evidence-based innovation in health and care settings.

  • Enhancing relevance by ensuring research includes patient populations with the greatest need.

We do this by:

  • Developing an evaluation framework with a focus on rapid, externally valid evaluation approaches.
  • Supporting capacity development locally and regionally for rapid evaluation and enhanced research delivery and working with teams across the region to deliver evaluations.
  • Developing method innovations in applied health research to enhance local and national impact.


Lead for Evaluation



Prof. Peter Bower

Chair in Health Sciences at The University of Manchester, and Lead for the Centre for Primary Care, which is part of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research





Deputy Lead for Evaluation


Prof. Jo Dumville

Professor of Applied Health Research leading the Manchester Wounds Research Group at The University of Manchester, and Co-Director of the NIHR Greater Manchester Rapid Service Evaluation (REVAL)





For more information contact:


Mike Spence

Senior Programme Lead 



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