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, as detailed below. A one day ‘Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions’ and ‘Involving Young People’ short course is also held in September of each year. Again, details for this course are listed below.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Please note that the ‘developing complex interventions‘ course is now fully booked, however, limited spaces are still available for the ‘evaluating complex interventions‘ course.

For queries and to register your interest for future courses, please contact Zoe MacDonald via email at MacdonaldZ@cardiff.ac.uk.


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.

Click here to view the course flyer.

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:  Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Course Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee: £225

Booking

To secure your place on this course, please click the following link.

Please note, if you require an invoice please raise a Purchase Order (PO) number before completing the booking form – if you are registering for both courses you can use the same PO number on each booking form.

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.


Involving Children and Young People in the Design and Conduct of Research

The aim of this one-day course is to provide participants with an understanding of how to involve children and young people in the design and conduct of research. The course will focus on the principles of and approaches to involving children and young people and will provide case study examples which illustrate the key approaches, what facilitates and how to overcome potential barriers to public involvement, with particular focus on the development and evaluation of complex interventions. The course includes practical sessions where delegates can apply learning to develop a plan for involving children and young people in their own projects or research ideas. The course is led by Peter Gee (the Public Involvement Officer at DECIPHer) and Dr Jeremy Segrott, and draws on their extensive experience of public involvement, including leading DECIPHer’s young people’s research advisory group – ALPHA.

Click here to view the course flyer.

Key topics covered:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • The principles underpinning the involvement of children and young people in the conduct and design of research studies;
  • Key approaches to, and methods for, involving children and young people;
  • Facilitators of, and overcoming barriers to, involvement activities;
  • The potential impacts of involving children and young people on research processes and outcomes;
  • Case studies highlighting the benefits and barriers to involving young people in research.

Course Date:  Thursday, 28th September 2017

Course Location: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee: £225

Booking

To secure your place on this course, please click the following link.

Please note, if you require an invoice please raise a Purchase Order (PO) number before completing the booking form – if you are registering for both courses you can use the same PO number on each booking form.

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.


Fully booked

Course 1 of 2: Developing Complex Public Health Interventions 

Duration: Two days

Dates/Times: 12th – 13th June 2017

Location: Cardiff University Bute Building, King Edward VII Ave, CF10 3NB

Course Fee: £450

Course Lead: Ruth Turley

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.

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.

Booking

To secure your place on the Developing Complex Public Health Interventions short course, please click the following link.

Please note, if you require an invoice please raise a Purchase Order (PO) number before completing the booking form – if you are registering for both courses you can use the same PO number on each booking form.


Course 2 of 2: Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions

Duration: Three days

Dates/Times: 14th – 16th June 2017

Location: Cardiff University Bute Building, King Edward VII Ave, CF10 3NB

Course Fee: £675

Course Lead: Dr Jemma Hawkins

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.

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.

Booking

To secure your place on the Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions short course, please click the following link.

Please note, if you require an invoice please raise a Purchase Order (PO) number before completing the booking form – if you are registering for both courses you can use the same PO number on each booking form.


 

 

Picture of Professor SImon Murphy and participants at the decipher short course.Professor Simon Murphy teaching on the 2014 short course