Evaluation of the Integrated Personalised Commissioning Programme

Client: Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care)

In August 2016, the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care) commissioned an independent summative evaluation of Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC). IPC is a new approach to joining up health and social care, and other services where appropriate. The evaluation was undertaken by a consortium led by SQW, in partnership with Bryson Purdon Social Research (BPSR), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) both at the University of York, and Mott MacDonald.

The evaluation identified key lessons about the effectiveness of IPC schemes, in particular how far outcomes improved and what were the key drivers of any change. It is also considering how far the changes that do occur represent value for money. Evidence was gathered from across a number of local authority areas to assess different ways in which IPC has been delivered across a range of user groups.

The research was informed by a review of programme documentation; interviews with stakeholders, practitioners and service providers; and local and thematic case studies. A co-production panel, led by SCIE, ensured that the views of the public, particularly those that share characteristics with IPC users, are heard and can shape evaluation activities and test findings.

The first interim report is available here and the second interim report is available here.