DECIPHer short courses

DECIPHer runs an annual week long summer course on ‘Developing’ and ‘Evaluating’ Complex Public Health Interventions. The ‘Developing’ and ‘Evaluating’ courses can be attended separately. A one-day ‘Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions’ short course is also held in September of each year. Details for these courses are listed below.


Course 1 of 2: Developing Complex Public Health Interventions 2018 

Registration opens in March 2018

Duration: Two days

Dates/Times: 25th & 26th June 2018

Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee: £225/day

Course Lead: Ruth Turley

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.

 


Course 2 of 2: Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions 2018

Registration opens in March 2018

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.

 


 Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions 

The aim of this one-day course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of process evaluation of complex interventions. The course is led by Dr Graham Moore (Senior Lecturer and programme lead for complex intervention methods in DECIPHer). The teaching team (Dr Micky Willmott, Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Jeremy Segrott) includes authors of numerous empirical and methodological works related to process evaluation, including recent MRC guidance.

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.


Process Evaluations of Complex Interventions Short Course 2017