Professor Annette Boaz

Professor Annette Boaz

School: Centre for Health and Social Care Research

Job Title: Professor in Health Care Research


Phone: 0208 7250116

Location: Room 2.052M Grosvenor Wing, SGUL


Annette Boaz is a social scientist working in the field of evaluating the impact of research on policy and practice. She co-edits the leading journal in the field: Evidence & Policy ( and recently contributed to a special issue of the journal Research Evaluation on research impact assessment.

With colleagues at Brunel University she has just completed an evidence synthesis for National Institute for Health Research exploring whether research engagement (by clinicians, managers and teams) leads to better outcomes for patients. As part of a European Union Framework seven programme on measuring the impact of stroke research, she has worked with colleagues to develop elements of an implementation score. The leadership elements of the score are currently being piloted in the National Sentinel Stroke Audit.

She is currently leading the MRC funded See-Impact study (stakeholder engagement in EQUIPT for impact). This study will prospectively explore the ways in which stakeholder engagement at different stages of a medical research project might help to maximize its impact. This study will use EQUIPT, a three-year €2 million research project led by the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) at Brunel University, and funded by the European Commission, in order to observe stakeholder events, conduct stakeholder surveys and review documents associated with the project to build up a picture of the level of engagement, the timing of engagement, and the type of stakeholders

In addition to her work on research impact she has expertise in service improvement research, patient involvement in research and in patient experience research. She has recently combined her interest in service improvement and patient involvement by conducting an NIHR funded ethnographic evaluation of an Experience Based Co-Design intervention in lung cancer and intensive care pathways in two UK hospitals. She is leading the evaluation of a Health Foundation funded improvement intervention: Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC). The PFCC study focuses on the scale and spread of PFCC to end of life care. She works closely on public and patient involvement with Professor Mary Chambers, the Faculty Centre for Public Engagement and the PPI theme within the South London CLAHRC.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgCert, Academic Practice, King's College London
  • PhD, Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
  • MSc, Comparative Social Research, Oxford University
  • BA(Hons), Politics, Durham University

Professional experience

  • 2015 - present
    Professor of Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London
  • 2013 - 2015
    Reader in Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London
  • 2007 - 2012
    Lecturer in Translational Research, King's College London
  • 2001 - 2007
    Senior Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy, Queen Mary, University of London (and then King's College London)
  • 2001 - 2001
    Policy Research Manager, UK Department of Health
  • 1998 - 2001
    Senior Research Fellow, Warwick University
  • 1995 - 1998
    Research Associate (promoted to Senior Research Office in 2007), Oxford University

Professional registration and membership

  • Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Society for Social Medicine

Research interests

The role of research in shaping policy and practice (including interventions designed to increase research use); public and patient involvement in the research process and in service improvement; implementation and improvement.

Grants and funding

  • 2016 - 2018
    Health Foundation evaluation of PFCC (in partnership with the Point of Care Foundation)
  • 2010 - 2013
    NIHR Accelerated Experience Based Co-Design
  • 2010 - 2012
    NIHR Evidence Synthesis: Engagement in research an innovative three stage review of the benefits for healthcare performance
  • 2010 - 2010
    NIHR Biomedical Research Centre: Enhancing patient benefit from translational research: the contribution of public engagement in science and public and patient involvement
  • 2010 - 2010
    SKEP Era-Net An assessment of current approaches towards the evaluation of the uptake and impact of research projects and programmes by environmental policy-makers
  • 2014
    MRC See-Impact study


Number of items: 46.


Selby, Peter, Liu, Lifang, Downing, Amy, Banks, Ian, Wilson, Roger, Stephens, Richard, Meunier, Francoise, Rochon, Justine, Morris, Eva, Seymour, Matt, Gregory, Walter, Lawler, Mark and Boaz, Annette (2019) How can clinical research improve European health outcomes in cancer? Journal of Cancer Policy, 20, p. 100182. ISSN (online) 2213-5383

Fletcher, Simon, Whiting, Cheryl, Boaz, Annette and Reeves, Scott (2019) Expanding postgraduate clinical research capacity : an exploration of key resistances. Journal of Further and Higher Education, ISSN (print) 0309-877X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Boaz, Annette, Hanney, Stephen, Borst, Robert, O'Shea, Alison and Kok, Maarten (2018) How to engage stakeholders in research : design principles to support inprovement. Health Research Policy and Systems, ISSN (online) 1478-4505 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Vougioukalou, Sofia, Boaz, Annette, Gager, Melanie and Locock, Louise (2018) The contribution of ethnography to the evaluation of quality improvement in hospital settings : reflections on observing co-design in intensive care units and lung cancer pathways in the UK. Anthropology & Medicine, ISSN (print) 1364-8470 (In Press)

O'Shea, Alison, Chambers, Mary and Boaz, Annette (2017) Whose voices? Patient and public involvement in clinical commissioning. Health Expectations, 20(3), pp. 484-494. ISSN (print) 1369-6513

Fraser, Alec, Baeza, Juan I. and Boaz, Annette (2017) 'Holding the line' : a qualitative study of the role of evidence in early phase decision-making in the reconfiguration of stroke services in London. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15(1), ISSN (online) 1478-4505

Fletcher, Simon, Whiting, Cheryl, Boaz, Annette and Reeves, Scott (2017) Exploring factors related to the translation of collaborative research learning experiences into clinical practice : opportunities and tensions. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(4), pp. 543-545. ISSN (print) 1356-1820

Boaz, Annette, Baeza, Juan and Fraser, Alec (2016) Does the ‘diffusion of innovations’ model enrich understanding of research use? Case studies of the implementation of thrombolysis services for stroke. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 21(4), pp. 229-234. ISSN (print) 1355-8196

Boaz, Annette, Biri, Despina and McKevitt, Christopher (2016) Rethinking the relationship between science and society: Has there been a shift in attitudes to Patient and Public Involvement and Public Engagement in Science in the United Kingdom? Health Expectations, 19(3), pp. 592-601. ISSN (print) 1369-6513

Boaz, Annette, Robert, Glenn, Locock, Louise, Sturmey, Gordon, Gager, Melanie, Vougioukalou, Sonia, Ziebland, Sue and Fielden, Jonathan (2016) What patients do and their impact on implementation: an ethnographic study of participatory quality improvement projects in English acute hospitals. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 30(2), pp. 258-278. ISSN (print) 1477-7266

Baeza, Juan I., Boaz, Annette and Fraser, Alec (2016) The roles of specialisation and evidence-based practice in inter-professional jurisdictions : a qualitative study of stroke services in England, Sweden and Poland. Social Science & Medicine, 155, pp. 15-23. ISSN (print) 0277-9536

Hanney, Stephen, Soper, Bryony, Jones, Teresa and Boaz, Annette (2015) Benefits from clinicians and healthcare organisations engaging in research. BMJ, 351, h6931. ISSN (online) 1756-1833

Di Carlo, Antonio, Pezzella, Francesca Romana, Fraser, Alec, Bovis, Francesca, Baeza, Juan, McKevitt, Chris, Boaz, Annette, Heuschmann, Peter, Wolfe, Charles D A and Inzitari, Domenico (2015) Methods of implementation of evidence-based stroke care in Europe : European implementation score collaboration. Stroke, 46(8), pp. 2252-2259. ISSN (print) 0039-2499

Boaz, Annette, Hanney, Stephen, Jones, Teresa and Soper, Bryony (2015) Does the engagement of clinicians and organisations in research improve healthcare performance: a three-stage review. BMJ Open, 5(12), e009415. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Chalmers, James D., Ozdemir, Baris A., Karthikesalingam, Alan, Sinha, Sidhartha, Poloniecki, Jan D., Hinchliffe, Robert J., Thompson, Matt M., Gower, Jonathan D., Boaz, Annette and Holt, Peter J. E. (2015) Research activity and the association with mortality. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0118253. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Boaz, Annette and Morgan, Myfanwy (2014) Working to establish ‘normality’ post-transplant : a qualitative study of kidney transplant patients. Chronic Illness, 10(4), pp. 247-258. ISSN (print) 1742-3953

Locock, Louise, Robert, Glenn, Boaz, Annette, Vougioukalou, Sonia, Shuldham, Caroline, Fielden, Jonathan, Ziebland, Sue, Gager, Melanie, Tollyfield, Ruth and Pearcey, John (2014) Using a national archive of patient experience narratives to promote local patient-centered quality improvement: an ethnographic process evaluation of 'accelerated' experience-based co-design. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 19(4), pp. 200-207. ISSN (print) 1355-8196

Boaz, Annette, Chambers, Mary and Stuttaford, Maria (2014) Public participation: more than a method?: Comment on "Harnessing the potential to quantify public preferences for healthcare priorities through citizens' juries". International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3(5), pp. 291-293. ISSN (online) 2322-5939

Locock, Louise, Robert, Glenn, Boaz, Annette, Vougioukalou, Sonia, Shuldham, Caroline, Fielden, Jonathan, Ziebland, Sue, Gager, Melanie, Tollyfield, Ruth and Pearcey, John (2014) Testing accelerated experience-based co-design : a qualitative study of using a national archive of patient experience narrative interviews to promote rapid patient-centred service improvement. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(4), ISSN (print) 2050-4349

Hanney, S., Boaz, A., Soper, B. and Jones, T. (2013) Engagement in research: an innovative three-stage review of the benefits for health-care performance. Health Services and Delivery Research, 1(8), ISSN (print) 2050-4349

Baeza, Juan, Boaz, Annette, Fraser, Alec, Fulop, Naomi, McKevitt, Christopher and Wolfe, Charles (2012) The importance of normative integration in stroke services: case study evidence from Sweden and England. Health Services Management Research, 25(4), pp. 155-161. ISSN (print) 0951-4848

Morgan, Myfanwy, Barry, Christine A., Donovan, Jenny L., Sandall, Jane, Wolfe, Charles D.A. and Boaz, Annette (2011) Implementing ‘translational’ biomedical research: convergence and divergence among clinical and basic scientists. Social Science & Medicine, 73(7), pp. 945-952. ISSN (print) 0277-9536

Bell, Sarah, Shaw, Ben and Boaz, Annette (2011) Real-world approaches to assessing the impact of environmental research on policy. Research Evaluation, 20(3), pp. 227-237. ISSN (print) 0958-2029

Boaz, Annette, Baeza, Juan and Fraser, Alec (2011) Effective implementation of research into practice: an overview of systematic reviews of the health literature. BMC Research Notes, 4(1), p. 212. ISSN (online) 1756-0500

Fisher, Helen R., McKevitt, Christopher and Boaz, Anette (2011) Why do parents enrol their children in research: a narrative synthesis. Journal of Medical Ethics, 37(9), pp. 544-551. ISSN (print) 0306-6800

Mindell, Jennifer, Biddulph, Jane, Taylor, Lorraine, Lock, Karen, Boaz, Annette, Joffe, Michael and Curtis, Sarah (2009) Improving the use of evidence in health impact assessment. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88(7), pp. 543-550. ISSN (print) 0042-9686

Boaz, Annette, Fitzpatrick, Siobhan and Shaw, Ben (2009) Assessing the impact of research on policy: a literature review. Science and Public Policy, 36(4), pp. 255-270. ISSN (print) 0302-3427

Boaz, Annette, Grayson, Lesley, Levitt, Ruth and Solesbury, William (2008) Does evidence-based policy work? Learning from the UK experience. Evidence & Policy, 4(2), pp. 233-253. ISSN (print) 1744-2648

Boaz, Annette, Ashby, Deborah, Denyer, David, Egan, Matt, Harden, Angela, Jones, David R., Pawson, Ray and Tranfield, David (2006) A multitude of syntheses: a comparison of five approaches from diverse policy fields. Evidence & Policy, 2(4), pp. 479-502. ISSN (print) 1744-2648

Boddy, Janet, Boaz, Annette, Lupton, Carol and Pahl, Jan (2006) What counts as research? The implications for research governance in social care. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9(4), pp. 317-330. ISSN (print) 1364-5579

Boaz, Annette and Pawson, Ray (2005) The perilous road from evidence to policy: five journeys compared. Journal of Social Policy, 34(2), pp. 175-194. ISSN (print) 0047-2794

Long, Andrew F., Grayson, Lesley and Boaz, Annette (2005) Assessing the quality of knowledge in social care: exploring the potential of a set of generic standards. British Journal of Social Work, 36(2), pp. 207-226. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Locock, Louise and Boaz, Annette (2004) Research, policy and practice – worlds apart? Social Policy and Society, 3(4), pp. 375-384. ISSN (print) 1474-7464

Mindell, J, Boaz, A, Joffe, M, Curtis, S and Birley, M (2004) Enhancing the evidence base for health impact assessment. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 58(7), pp. 546-551. ISSN (print) 0143-005X

Grayson, Lesley, Boaz, Annette and Long, Andrew (2004) Organising social care knowledge: in search of a ‘fit for purpose’ classification. Journal of Integrated Care, 12(1), pp. 42-48. ISSN (print) 1476-9018

Boaz, Annette and Hayden, Carol (2002) Pro-active evaluators: enabling research to be useful, usable and used. Evaluation, 8(4), pp. 440-453. ISSN (print) 1356-3890

Young, Ken, Ashby, Deborah, Boaz, Annette and Grayson, Lesley (2002) Social science and the evidence-based policy movement. Social Policy and Society, 1(03), pp. 215-224. ISSN (print) 1474-7464


Boaz, Annette , Davies, Huw , Fraser, Alec and Nutley, Sandra, eds. (2019) What works now? : evidence-informed policy and practice. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. 336p. ISBN 9781447345480

Boaz, Annette, Morrow, Elizabeth, Brearley, Sally and Ross, Fiona (2012) Handbook of service user involvement in nursing and healthcare research. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. 223p. ISBN 9781444334722

Book Section

Boaz, Annette and Nutley, Sandra (2015) Evidence-based policy and practice. In: Bovaird, Tony and Loeffler, Elke, (eds.) Public management and governance. 3rd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 376-392. ISBN 9780415501859

Locock, Louise, Robert, Glenn, Boaz, Annette, Shuldham, Caroline, Fielden, Jonathan and Ziebland, Sue (2014) Testing accelerated experience-based co-design : using a national archive of patient experience narrative interviews to promote rapid patient-centred service improvement. In: Keating, Mary A. , McDermott, Aiofe M. and Montgomery, Kathleen, (eds.) Patient-centred health care : achieving co-ordination, communication and innovation. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 173-185. (Organizational Behaviour in Health Care) ISBN 9781137308924

Boaz, Annette and Nutley, Sandra (2009) Evidence-based policy and practice. In: Bovaird, Tony and Loffler, Elke, (eds.) Public management and governance. 2nd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 327-342. ISBN 9780415430425

Boaz, Annette and Solesbury, William (2007) Strategy and politics: the example of the United Kingdom. In: Fischer, Thomas , Schmitz, Gregor and Seberich, Michael, (eds.) The strategy of politics: results of a comparative study. Bertelsmann Stiftung. pp. 107-132. ISBN 9783892049128

Boaz, Annette and Sidford, Adrienne (2006) Reviewing existing research. In: Gilbert, Nigel, (ed.) From postgraduate to social scientist : a guide to key skills. London, U.K. : SAGE Publications. pp. 7-24. ISBN 9780761944607

Boaz, Annette and Nutley, Sandra (2003) Some thoughts from the United Kingdom. In: Lunt, Neil , Davidson, Carl and McKegg, Kate, (eds.) Evaluating policy and practice: a New Zealand reader. Pearson Education. pp. 243-244. ISBN 9781877258664

Conference or Workshop Item

Boaz, Annette (2014) Evidence in public policies - what we know about the current use of knowledge in the process of creation and realization of public policies? In: 10th Evaluation Conference: 'Utilization of Evaluation Results'; 20-21 Nov 2014, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)

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