Evaluations

The HTA surveys professional and public confidence in human tissue regulation every three years (professional surveys took place in 2010 and 2013, public surveys took place in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2017) to help influence its strategic direction and ensure transparency.

HTA professional evaluation 2020 - all findings

The HTA commissioned Savanta ComRes to undertake an online survey and in depth interviews with professionals working at HTA-licensed establishments in early 2020. 

HTA public evaluation 2017 - online survey findings

The HTA commissioned an independent research agency, Research Works, to carry out an online survey with members of the public in early 2017.

HTA public evaluation 2017 - Focus group findings

The HTA commissioned an independent research agency, Research Works, to carry out in depth focus group discussions with members of the public in early 2017.

HTA stakeholder evaluation 2013 - professional findings

Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the HTA, interviewed 362 professional stakeholders between 15 July and 1 August 2013 via an online survey.

HTA stakeholder evaluation 2013 - Public findings

Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the HTA, interviewed a sample of 987 adults aged 15+ in a face-to-face survey between 2 and 12 August 2013.

HTA stakeholder evaluation 2010 - Public findings

Confidence in human tissue regulation has increased after three years, according to a survey commissioned at the start of 2010.

The HTA commissioned Ipsos MORI to determine public views on the regulation of human tissue.

Three years after the first survey, the findings show a five percentage point increase in the proportion of adults who have confidence in human tissue regulation – from 52% to 57%. 

The public study shows that people are more confident to donate tissue knowing that there is a regulator: 48% would be more confident to donate tissue for medical research, while only 17% would not; 52% would be more confident to donate organs for transplant, 16% would not, and 43% would have greater confidence donating their bodies for medical education and training, though 23% would not.

The results also demonstrate the importance which the public places on consent for allowing one’s tissue to be used: two-thirds (64%) say it is never acceptable to use a person’s tissue or organs for any purpose after death without their consent or that of their family, with 13% saying it is; and 55% say it is never acceptable for their family to override their wishes after they have given consent for donation of their organs or tissue for any purpose after death, though 16% disagree.

HTA stakeholder evaluation 2010 - Professional findings

Confidence in human tissue regulation has increased after three years, according to a survey commissioned at the start of 2010.

The HTA commissioned Ipsos MORI to determine professional views on the regulation of human tissue.

Nearly nine in ten (86%) professionals have confidence in the HTA as a regulator, with two in five saying their confidence has increased in the past three years.

349 professionals were surveyed by Ipsos MORI (online), all of whom work closely with the HTA. These professionals came from all five sectors which the HTA licenses (post mortem, anatomy, research, human application, and public display) and from the field of organ and bone marrow donation.

Key results from surveying this group include:

  • Approaching nine in ten (86%) have ‘a great deal’ or a ‘fair amount’ of confidence in the HTA as a regulator.
  • Nearly two in five (39%) say their confidence has increased in the past three years. 43% say there has been no change and 9% report it has worsened.
  • Around half of the respondents believe that the HTA’s performance has improved in the last three years (49%). Around one in four (26%) say it has remained the same and 7% say it has worsened. Almost seven in ten have a favourable opinion of the HTA (68%); though almost one in five (17%) are unfavourable.
  • The HTA is widely perceived to be ‘professional’, ‘informative’ and ‘accessible’, with eight in ten or more professional stakeholders describing it in these terms (from a list of descriptions).
  • On advocacy, approaching six in ten professional stakeholders (58%) would speak highly about the HTA – if asked – and, in some cases, even without being asked. This places the HTA 4th out of 20 public sector organisations whose stakeholders’ and users’ views Ipsos MORI has evaluated in its Public Sector Norms Bank.