DECIPHer short courses

DECIPHer runs an annual week long summer course on ‘Developing’ and ‘Evaluating’ Complex Public Health Interventions. For this year only, the ‘Developing’ and ‘Evaluating’ courses can be attended separately, next year they will be combined to run as a 5 day summer school.

 ‘Process Evaluation’ and ‘Exploratory Studies’ courses will be held in September this year. Further details to follow.

If you are directly funded by DECIPHer as a member of staff or as a PhD student, you may be entitled to a free place. Please email Zoe Macdonald to make further enquiries: macdonaldz@cardiff.ac.uk


Course 1 of 2: Developing Complex Public Health Interventions 2018 

Registration is now open.

Duration: Two days

Dates/Times: 25th & 26th June 2018

Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee: £225/day

Course Leads: Ruth Turley and Dr Rachel Brown

Brief Overview of the Course

The aim of this course is to provide you with an introduction to the socio-ecological model of health and how it can be used as a framework for designing public health improvement interventions. You will also learn about different research methods used for developing new interventions, how to develop an intervention ‘logic model’, and how DECIPHer works with policy-makers, health professionals and the public to co-produce interventions.

Who is it for?

Academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions. No prior knowledge is assumed.

What will I learn?

  • The theory and rationale underpinning the socio-ecological model
  • Complex systems perspectives
  • Typologies and examples of complex interventions
  • Research methods and tools for intervention development
  • Logic model development to inform the design and future evaluation of new interventions
  • Methods for involving policy makers, practitioners and the public

Pre-requisites

No previous experience or knowledge of intervention development is required.

Recommended reading

There will be no pre-reading required for this course, and all course materials/hand-outs will be provided at the start of the course.

Registration Link

Please click the following link to register for this course.

If you require an invoice, please raise a ‘purchase order number’ before booking.


Course 2 of 2: Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions 2018

Registration is now open.

Duration: Three days

Dates/Times: 27th, 28th & 29th June 2018

Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee: £225/day

Course Lead: Dr Jemma Hawkins

Brief Overview of the Course

The aim of this course is to provide you with a working knowledge of the key frameworks and methodologies currently used to evaluate complex interventions. Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health evaluation, including Professor Laurence Moore, and you will learn about how to work with other scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and the public to apply for funding to pilot and evaluate the effectiveness of complex interventions.

Who is it for?

Academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions. No prior knowledge is assumed.

What will I learn?

  • The MRC framework for evaluating complex interventions
  • The RE-AIM framework for public health intervention
  • MRC process evaluation guidance
  • Pilot trials and feasibility studies
  • Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), including pragmatic, “realist” and policy trials
  • Natural experiments and data linkage
  • How to secure funding for evaluating complex interventions

Pre-requisites

While not a pre-requisite, the short course on “Developing Complex Public Health Interventions” is designed to prepare you with an understanding of the rationale for complex interventions and skills in logic model development, which is likely to be beneficial prior to this course (but is not essential).

Recommended reading

There will be no pre-reading required for this course, and all course materials/hand-outs will be provided at the start of the course.

Registration Link

Please click the following link to register for this course.

If you require an invoice, please raise a ‘purchase order number’ before booking.


Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions 

The aim of this one-day course, led by Dr Rhiannon Evans, is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of process evaluation of complex interventions. The teaching team includes authors of numerous empirical and methodological works related to process evaluation, including recent MRC guidance specialist Dr Graham Moore.

Key topics covered:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • The role of process evaluation in understanding complex interventions;
  • The importance of intervention theory and logic models;
  • Fidelity and implementation of complex interventions;
  • Relationships and resource issues;
  • Identifying questions and combining methods;
  • Analysis and dissemination of process data.

Course Date:  September 2018 TBC

Course Location: TBC

Course Fee: TBC

Discounts 

DECIPHer funded staff and students can attend the course free of charge. Individuals employed by a DECIPHer Adopted project or by a UKCRC centre of excellence are entitled to a 25% discount. If you think you are eligible for a discounted or free space, please contact Zoe MacDonald at MacdonaldZ@cardiff.ac.uk.


Exploratory studies to decide whether and how to proceed with full scale evaluations of complex public health interventions

Course leads: Dr Britt Hallingberg and Dr Anne Martin

The aim of this one-day course is to provide participants with an introduction to exploratory studies of complex public health interventions, also described as ‘pilot’ and ‘feasibility’ studies. Such studies generate the evidence needed to decide whether and how to proceed with a full scale effectiveness study.

Participants will learn about the different aims of exploratory studies and their associated methods as well as how to use exploratory study findings to inform decision making to a full evaluation and how to report findings from exploratory studies.  Teaching will be delivered by experts in public health evaluation, including authors of the new MRC/NIHR guidance on exploratory studies, of which the course will draw on.

What will I learn?

  • Pre-requisites for conducting an exploratory study
  • Why exploratory studies are conducted
  • How they can be used address uncertainties related to the intervention and future evaluation design
  • How exploratory study findings can be used to inform decision making for progression to a future evaluation study
  • How to report exploratory studies
  • Typologies and examples of exploratory studies of complex public health interventions
  • A working knowledge of the new MRC/NIHR guidance on exploratory studies for complex public health interventions
  • Introduction to novel study designs for exploratory studies

Course Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff

Course Date: September 2018 (TBC)

Course Cost: £225 per day


Process Evaluations of Complex Interventions Short Course 2017