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Expert panel: an innovative approach to evaluating government policy commitments in health and social care

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  • AJL and FLY are joint first authors.

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  • Contributors AJL and FLY contributed equally to this paper (joint first authors). AJL and FLY provided research advice and support to the expert panel during the evaluation of maternity services, and adapted the framework method of qualitative data for use in a policy setting. All authors contributed to the writing of this manuscript. JD is the chair of the expert panel and led the maternity review described. SP is one of the panel’s core members.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests JD is the chair of the expert panel; SP is a core member of the expert panel.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.