Our philosophy

DECIPHer research is guided by a socio-ecological model of public health, which acknowledges that multiple interacting factors at different levels (such as individual, community and policy) influence health.

Following the Medical Research Council’s guidance on developing and evaluating complex interventions, DECIPHer aims to improve health and address inequalities by addressing factors at different levels of the socio-ecological framework.

Our work is also guided by the principles of transdisciplinary action research. This means that collaboration between researchers from different disciplines, policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public, is central to our work. We strive to ensure our research translates into tangible and sustainable action, with an impact on population health. We aim to discover not only which interventions are effective, but how to implement and maintain these in a way that ensures long-term health improvement.