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Section 3 A Look Back at Research and Evaluation

During the COVID-19 pandemic and afterwards, Public Health Wales conducted research and evaluation which has helped with the response and recovery efforts by providing valuable knowledge that could be put into practice.

Supported by Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) funding, the Public Health Wales Research and Development (R&D) Office provided a central function in supporting research and evaluation activity across Public Health Wales by identifying research opportunities and providing advice and support for research and evaluation

A shared research agenda with partners

Across Public Health Wales, we work in partnership with academic and a range of research partners to strengthen population health research and evaluation. 

Examples include:


The development of a culture of evaluation within the organisation

A Central Evaluation Team within Public Health Wales has been established to:

  • Work to set standards of practice for evaluation and improve technical knowledge and skills
  • Undertake robust, independent evaluation of Public Health Wales’ core high priority programmes, or those delivered by partners, that require organisational independence
  • Work with everyone to understand the importance and need for evaluation and involve evaluation experts early in design interventions
  • Develop an evaluation community of practice to share best practice and support others to develop evaluation skills and capabilities across the organisation

​​​​Evaluation underway across Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales and Swansea University Trials Unit are working in partnership to evaluate the All-Wales Diabetes Prevention Programme through a process and outcomes evaluation