Health Care Evaluation Toolkit

This set of research resources provides guidance and advice for social scientists conducting randomized evaluations of health care interventions, within health systems, or using health care data, leveraging case studies within the United States.

This work was supported by the MIT Roybal Center for Translational Research to Improve Healthcare for the Aging. 

Creation of these resources was supported by the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30AG064190. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Designing intake and consent processes in health care contexts

This resource presents two case studies detailing how challenges were addressed when designing the intake and consent process for randomized evaluations of health care delivery interventions.

Lessons for assessing power and feasibility from studies of health care delivery

This resource highlights key lessons for designing well-powered studies related to health care delivery. 

Acquiring and using administrative data in US health care research

This resource provides guidance on acquiring and working with administrative health care data under HIPAA.

Navigating hospital Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) when conducting US health care delivery research

This resource explores considerations for researchers to navigate working with a hospitals’ IRB when partnering with a hospital to implement a randomized evaluation.

Checklist for social scientists publishing in medical journals: before, during, and after running an RCT

This resource highlights medical journal guidelines and requirements that may be unfamiliar to those used to publishing in the social sciences.


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