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Postgraduate Course: Evaluating Digital Transformation (HEIN11063)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course introduces students to methods for evaluating the impact of digital initiatives on health and care systems. It will include an introduction to various evaluation approaches including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills to apply validated evaluation tools and frameworks in practice
Course description 1) Academic description Evidence of effectiveness of digital transformation is important to justify investments. However, evaluation of complex health and social care digital transformation is difficult as technological change is often accompanied by wider organisational transformations (which makes it hard to trace direct impact). This course will equip students with the skills to navigate the tensions between the need to measure impacts of digital transformation and to proactively identify and mitigate emerging risks.
2) Outline Content This course will enable students to gain insights into methodological considerations surrounding impacts and processes associated with digital transformation in health and care. They will be introduced to existing theoretical evaluation frameworks and guided to apply these to their ongoing practice. The course will include 10 lectures focusing on: - Digital Interventions in Health and Social Care - Digital Evaluation Frameworks and toolkits - Defining Evaluation aims, objectives and metrics - Person-centered evaluations - Regulatory Environment - National & International Case studies - COVID Case studies - Use of Evaluation Results and Impact - Monitoring & Sustaining Interventions
3) Student Learning Experience Students will need to identify a suitable project to evaluate within their work environment, to support them along the learning pathway. They will have an academic supervisor who will offer a dedicated support throughout the entire programme. Access to carefully curated content that includes written materials and video presentations will be gained through the Learn platform supplemented by Asynchronous and Synchronous group learning. Students will also have up to 3 (remote) sessions with their academic supervisor (formative assessment), where work towards the final submission of the summative assessment is discussed. The initial contact will focus on articulating a learning contract that stipulates expected commitment and input from the learner, mentor and supervisor. It will also clearly set the proposed Learning Objectives, Learning Resources, Learning Strategies and ways to capture Evidence of Achievement.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Online Activities 70, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 92 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course assessment has 2 elements

- Evaluation Proposal Part 1

- Evaluation Proposal Part 2

Feedback Formative feedback will be provided during the one-to-one sessions (up to 3 in total) and on written peer discussions. The feedback on summative assessed course work is provided within fifteen working days (where possible).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how evaluation principles can be used to measure the impact of digital initiatives, including identifying and mitigating emerging implementation challenges.
  2. Apply logical, analytical and problem-solving skills to design and use practical evaluations frameworks for digital initiatives within and across the health and care systems.
  3. Critically reflect on decision-making and problem-solving skills in evaluating digital transformation initiatives within and across the health and care systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate evaluation strategies or results to health and care systems stakeholders.
Reading List
Recommended, but not essential:

Ammenwerth E, Gräber S, Herrmann G, Bürkle T, König J. Evaluation of health information systems problems and challenges. International journal of medical informatics. 2003 Sep 1;71(2-3):125-35.
Yusof MM, Kuljis J, Papazafeiropoulou A, Stergioulas LK. An evaluation framework for Health Information Systems: human, organization and technology-fit factors (HOT-fit). International journal of medical informatics. 2008 Jun 1;77(6):386-98.
Andargoli AE, Scheepers H, Rajendran D, Sohal A. Health information systems evaluation frameworks: A systematic review. International journal of medical informatics. 2017 Jan 1;97:195-209.
Greenhalgh T, Wherton J, Papoutsi C, Lynch J, Hughes G, Hinder S, Fahy N, Procter R, Shaw S. Beyond adoption: a new framework for theorizing and evaluating nonadoption, abandonment, and challenges to the scale-up, spread, and sustainability of health and care technologies. Journal of medical Internet research. 2017 Nov 1;19(11):e8775.
Cresswell K, Williams R, Sheikh A. Developing and applying a formative evaluation framework for health information technology implementations: qualitative investigation. Journal of medical Internet research. 2020 Jun 10;22(6):e15068.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning Students on this course will be encouraged to seek out ways to develop their expertise in evaluation to achieve maximum impact. Aspiration and personal development Students will be encouraged to draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to expand their potential and identify areas they wish to develop and grow. Outlook and engagement Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning whilst supporting the creation of a work based culture that facilitate inquisitive enquiry.
2) Skills: Research and enquiry Students will use self-reflection to articulate and evidence their learning. They will be expected to maintain actively participate in discussion groups and build relationships with their peers based on the course material. Personal and intellectual autonomy Students will be encouraged to use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate their own learning and support the learning of others too. Personal effectiveness Students will need to be effective and proactive learners that can articulate what they have learned. They will have to have a strong commitment to learning and reflection to complete this course successfully. Communication Effective leaders in the health and social care sector require excellent oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. The structure of the assessment elements incorporate constant reinforcement and development of these skills.
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Course organiserDr Matt Bouamrane
Course secretaryMr Matthew Newlands
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