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Health Technology Assessment Impact Report 2021

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Health technology assessments (HTAs) are designed to inform safe and effective health policies that are both patient-focused and achieve best value. HTA is a multidisciplinary activity and is resource-intensive. The impact or influence of the HTA Directorate activity is evaluated to assess its value, and whether its contribution to decision-making is proportionate to the resources used to deliver it. 

In 2019, the HTA knowledge sharing and influence measurement framework was developed and approved by the Board of HIQA. The framework outlines a broad set of metrics capturing different facets of knowledge sharing and influence across all HTA Directorate activity. In 2021, the work of the HTA directorate was broadly classified into six main work streams: 

  1. Health technology assessment (HTA)
  2. Health Research Board – Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews (HRB-CICER)
  3. Evidence for Policy (EfP)
  4. National Screening Advisory Committee (NSAC) evidence synthesis
  5. COVID-19 evidence synthesis
  6. Ionising radiation (IR)

This report documents the findings of the impact evaluation of the work conducted in 2021 by HIQA's HTA Directorate. The purpose of the report is to demonstrate the effectiveness of our work and ensure transparency.