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Q-Method Evaluation of a European Health Data Analytic End User Framework

Andrew Boilson, Stéphanie Gauttier, Regina Connolly, Paul Davis, Justin Connolly, Dale Weston and Anthony Staines

A chapter in Proceedings of the ENTRENOVA - ENTerprise REsearch InNOVAtion Conference, Rovinj, Croatia, 12-14 September 2019, 2019, pp 219-231 from IRENET - Society for Advancing Innovation and Research in Economy, Zagreb

Abstract: MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data Analytics and Services) project is developing a big data platform to facilitate the utilisation of a wide range of health and social care data to support better policy making. Our aim is to explore the use of Qmethodology as part of the evaluation of the implementation of the MIDAS project. Q-methodology is used to identify perspectives and viewpoints on a particular topic. In our case, we defined a concourse of statements relevant to project implementation and goals, by working from a logic model previously developed for the evaluation, and structured interviews with project participants. A 36-item concourse was delivered to participants, using the HTMLQ system. Analysis was done in the qmethod package. Participants had a range of professional backgrounds, and a range of roles in the project, including developers, end-users, policy staff, and health professionals. The q-sort is carried out at 14 months into the project, a few months before the intended first release of the software being developed. Sixteen people took part, 6 developers, 5 managers, 2 health professionals and 3 others. Three factors (distinct perspectives) were identified in the data. These were tentatively labelled ‘Technical optimism’, ‘End-user focus’ and ‘End-user optimism’. These loaded well onto individuals, and there were few consensus statements. Analysis of these factors loaded well onto individuals with a significant number of consensus statements identified.

Keywords: Q-Methodology; Realist Evaluation; Public Health Systems; Data Analytics; ICT; Innovation; Decision Support Systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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