i-THRIVE Evaluation

Funded by NIHR CLAHRC North Thames

The evaluation of i-THRIVE includes the evaluation of the impact of implementing the THRIVE Framework for system change within local areas, as well as the effectiveness of the translation and implementation process.

A full scale evaluation funded by NIHR CLAHRC North Thames began in February 2017 to assess the impact of implementing the THRIVE Framework in the ten accelerator sites. This will be completed in the autumn of 2021.

The aims of the i-THRIVE Evaluation are:

  • To evaluate whether i-THRIVE implementation can be replicated at other sites
  • To evaluate the effects of implementation of i-THRIVE when compared to sites without i-THRIVE
  • To evaluate whether more effective implementation of i-THRIVE is associated with greater improvements in CAMHS services

Data on key site-level outcomes is collected at baseline and then quarterly for two years thereafter. As well as collecting data from the accelerator sites, site-level outcomes data is also collected at baseline and then quarterly from ten comparable non-i-THRIVE sites that have been matched for demography, resource and clinical variables. Collecting and analysing this data will allow us to evaluate whether implementation of the THRIVE Framework leads to improvements in the delivery of CAMHS services.

The site level data collected is service performance data that directly relates to each of the five needs based groupings of the THRIVE Framework and to shared decision making.

In addition to site level data collection, semi structured interviews based on the THRIVE Assessment Tool are undertaken with accelerator sites on a six monthly basis. This allows sites to assess how THRIVE-like their systems are at regular points and allows us to track progress made in the implementation of the THRIVE Framework principles that should underpin all service redesign.

You can read more about the evaluation and the project team on the NIHR North Thames CLAHRC website.

i-THRIVE Evaluation Poster Presentations

Click here to see a poster on the i-THRIVE Evaluation which was developed for the NIHR North Thames CLAHRC.



Click here to see a poster on the i-THRIVE Evaluation that was presented at the BMJ and Institute for Healthcare Improvement International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Glasgow in March 2019.

Contact the project team

To find out more about the i-THRIVE Evaluation project please contact Liz Simes, Research Manager at