Evaluating our impact
Health Technology Wales is committed to monitoring and evaluating our work. To do this, we developed an Evaluation Plan and processes to capture data, monitor our outcomes and evaluate what difference our work makes.
Here are some key HTW achievements to date:
Latest case studies
Our researchers have produced multiple, high-level evidence-based reports for COVID-19 health technologies, known as Topic Exploration Reports (TERs). One of these TERs looked at using hydrogen peroxide vapour to reprocess and decontaminate single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).
We spoke to five of our stakeholders to see what they thought of Health Technology Wales and our work to improve the quality of care in Wales.
We produced a Topic Exploration Report (TER) on convalescent plasma therapy for people with COVID-19, which aimed to assess the current level of evidence and highlight ongoing evidence generation.
"As part of the wider response to Covid-19, there has been an upturn in the demand for (very) rapid evidence reviews of Covid-19-related technologies. Through shared outputs and close working, our collaboration with HTW has been incredibly helpful in ensuring that we maximise our evidence contribution whilst avoid duplication of effort!"
Ed Clifton, Unit Head, Scottish Health Technologies Group
"HTW, as one of the newest members of INAHTA, has been an essential contributor to the development of the new HTA database. Jenni's contributions [HTW's Information Specialist] were of the highest quality, very insightful, accurate, and on time!"
Tara Schuller, Executive Manager, International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA)
"The HTW report detailed the evidence base regarding residual hydrogen peroxide vapour and identified dissipation studies which confirmed that residual HP on respirators was reduced to safe levels after six hours aeration. This informed the deliberations of the four nations group looking at potential solutions to enable reprocessing of PPE. HTW's flexible and responsive attitude was much appreciated in undertaking this research."
Pete Philips, SMTL
"Many thanks for this very helpful input this year... it has certainly improved the robustness of the decisions and also informed us where the gaps in evidence are."
Helen Howson, Director, Bevan Commission
“In my honest opinion, health services need such high-quality health technology appraisals now more than ever in order to develop and deliver clinical- and cost-effective care.”
"We have been alerted to your excellent evidence review on the effectiveness of COVID-19 PCR and antibody tests. We appreciate being able to signpost to this and draw on its conclusions."
Debbie Sigerson, Public Health Scotland
"I welcome the progress made by Health Technology Wales in its first year. They are delivering high-quality evidence-informed advice to our health boards on a range of non-medicine technologies. This is important work that will ensure our health service in Wales is at the forefront of modern technology."
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
"A huge amount of value, evidence and rigour was added to the Health Tech Exemplar application and assessment process by having HTW join the panel."
Tom James, Head of Innovation and Industry Engagement, Welsh Government
Evaluation strategy documents
Communications strategy documents