A research toolkit for measuring ROI

Why have we created this toolkit

We know that proving the impact of prevention is key to continual and increased investment in early support for autistic people and other neurodivergent people.

At Brain in Hand, we have invested heavily in research and models for ongoing and robust impact measurement.

The ROI toolkit is one example and provides key resources for determining costs before and after intervention.

Interview guide template

For collecting retrospective data to estimate the quantities of activities relevant to an ROI, such as using services.

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Unit cost menu

For different services and activities which enables a cost to be put onto the frequency of their use determined in the questionnaire.

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BiH interview guide

This is an example of how Brain in Hand uses the interview guide. It is intended to provide context on how to implement the tool in a service.


What have we learned?

This toolkit has allowed us to explore and quantify the ROI of the Brain in Hand digital support system.

We have gained insights both into how peoples’ use of public services for their mental health has decreased and how they have been able to use their time to participate more fully in life and work. 

Some examples are shared.

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Proving the impact of prevention approaches in autism services

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Inclusive research

We're pioneering inclusive research practices for neurodivergent individuals. Within the team, we have a research associate who is both a skilled coach and autistic, offering an invaluable perspective that drives positive change.

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Public references & data sources

Office for National Statistics (ONS). Population, Employment, GDP data from across the UK Office of National Statistics

CDRC Mapmaker. This is a visualisation tool that covers CDRC classifications such as Consumer Vulnerability, the Internet User Classification (IUC), CDRC, Access to Healthy Assets and Hazards (AHAH), and some popular government datasets like the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), VOA building ages and Ofcom broadband speeds/availability. Consumer Data Research Centre

Public Health England Fingertips is a large public health data collection. Data is organised into themed profiles. Public Health England - Fingertips

The Open Geography portal from ONS provides free and open access to the definitive source of geographic products, web applications, story maps, services and APIs from our Linked Data offering. Open Geography Portal

SHAPE Atlas is an online, interactive, data mapping, analysis and insight tool that supports service planning and estates strategy development.SHAPE Atlas

The Health Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s health and reduce inequalities by increasing understanding of the economic and societal benefits of good health. The site publishes extensive evidence and analysis for improving health and care. Health Foundation

The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. King’s Fund

GoInvo Determinants of Health. Relying on their experience of mapping complex systems within healthcare, GoInvo created a comprehensive open-source visualization of the social determinants of health.- Determinants of Health: Health is more than medical care

The Health Foundation - What makes us healthy? An introduction to the social determinants of health

World Health Organisation Healthy, prosperous lives for all: the European Health Equity Status Report a comprehensive review of the status and trends in health inequities and of the essential conditions needed for all to be able to live a healthy life in the WHO European Region.

Marmot Review. Sir Michael Marmot independent review to propose the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England from 2010. - Fair Society, Healthy Lives

AHP online system. An online solution for Analytical Hierarchy Process, where you can define a hierarchy, get the priorities for all categories and evaluate alternatives. AHP online system template

Kumu makes it easy to organize complex data into relationship maps that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use. Kumu systems mapping