The Bupa Foundation was one of the first independent charities to begin assessing the outcomes of its funding. In 2003 the board commissioned Ms Gabrielle Allnutt, a former EU Health Policy advisor, to carry out its first assessment. This study used a mix of qualitative and quantitative measures to evaluate outputs and outcomes.
The Bupa Foundation’s policy is to repeat the outcomes study on a five-yearly basis. The most recent was carried out in 2008 by Professor Helen Roberts and her research team at the Institute of Education, University College London. The aim of this work was to describe the broad pattern of funding by research design and to assess the scale and nature of the outputs and impacts of research funded by the Bupa Foundation between 2002 and 2006. It was conducted through an online survey of named lead investigators on the research projects funded by the Foundation between 2002 and 2006.