Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the volume of funding to develop and evaluate public health interventions, and associated research capacity. However, research on complex interventions which seek to bring about sustained improvements in population health remains hugely challenging. To meet this challenge we will undertake the following:
- Build multidisciplinary teams to develop and evaluate interventions that are based on a sound understanding of mechanisms of change, which may be multilevel and non-linear;
- Drive the development of strongly theorised interventions and the assessment of their feasibility and acceptability to ensure that large scale evaluations are not conducted prematurely;
- Improve methods for feasibility studies, as well as for the subsequent effectiveness evaluation;
- Identify and develop new ways of working with policy-makers to maximise the opportunities to evaluate population-level policies and programmes which may have substantial health impacts.
In the theme there are two key areas of focus; 1) methods development and translation and 2) providing methodological support and expertise to the development and evaluation of complex intervention studies. In collaboration with the Unit’s Population Health Research Facility, we are developing world-class capacity in the design, conduct and delivery of realist mixed-methods evaluations of the effectiveness of complex interventions in community settings. This is a resource not only for local partnerships and colleagues, but also for any investigator seeking collaboration and support to successfully plan and deliver high-quality studies.
Current key areas of focus include obesity, mental health, alcohol and substance use, eHealth (healthcare practices that rely on electronic media) and mHealth (healthcare practices that rely on mobile).
- Evaluation of the implementation of Universal Free School Meals for P1–3 in Scotland
- Growing Grandchildren
- Adapting complex health population health interventions for new contexts
- ASSIST Global
- Exploring the potential of outdoor nurseries for health and wellbeing of children and families
- Nutrition and physical activity self-assessment in childcare (NAP SACC) - UK
- CHETS 2 – Changes in child exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Wales 2: research into smoking in cars carrying children
- A multicentre cluster RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of FRANK Friends intervention
- Further development and feasibility trial of an online psychoeducational intervention for adolescent depression
- Extensions of the peer-based ASSIST programme
- Preventing substance misuse: randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 UK (SFP 10–14 UK)