Solution-Focused Research: Complex intervention studies and randomised trials

Solution-Focused Research

Our vision is to be a world-leading centre of excellence in the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations and to reduce inequalities.

What we do: 

We bring together expertise from across the Institute in the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve population health nationally and globally.

We promote interdisciplinary research in the following areas:

 Understanding the problem
 Theorising interventions
• Developing and refining interventions
 Evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions
 Using process evaluations to understand how, why and for whom interventions work/do not work
 Post-research implementation and transferability of interventions

 We have a particular interest in novel methods for the development and evaluation of complex interventions, health economics, treatment and prevention, evidence synthesis and systematic reviews.

How we do it: 

To achieve this vision, key priorities include:

 bringing together multidisciplinary teams and facilitating collaboration;
 sharing expertise from within the IHW’s various departments;
 exploiting the IHW’s key areas of expertise;
 utilising cutting edge methodologies;
 developing and sharing novel methods and capacity in behavioural science, health economics, health technology assessment, trials methodology, trials informatics and biostatistics;
 developing early career researchers and postgraduate teaching;
 developing the SPHSU Population Health Research Facility as an Institute resource working in partnership with the Robertson Centre;
 engaging in knowledge exchange, public engagement and co-production activities.

 Who's involved:

Working subgroups

Communications and website group
Dr Lynsay Matthews (Chair)
Methods and resources group
Mrs Karen Crawford (Chair)
Conferences and seminars group
Dr Cathy Johnman (Chair)
Teaching and short courses group
Dr Juliana Pugmire (Chair)


For all enquiries related to the Solutions Focused Research Theme please contact the theme lead, Professor Sharon Simpson

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• Telephone: 0141 353 7500