Short course: Process evaluation of public health interventions

Duration:                              Two days

Dates and times:                9th and 10th July 2015, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Course fee:                          £400 (50% discount to members of UKCRC centres)

Venue:                                    University of Bristol, School of Social and Community Medicine, Canynge Hall, Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS

Course coordinators:      Dr Suzanne AudreyDr Graham Moore

Course aim and objectives:

The course will provide participants with practical guidance in planning, designing, conducting, analysing and reporting process evaluations of complex public health interventions. It is structured around the newly published Medical Research Council process evaluation guidance, developed by 11 researchers from eight universities, including the course tutors, Graham Moore and Suzanne Audrey of DECIPHer, Janis Baird of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton, and Chris Bonell of the Institute of Education, UCL.

Participants will be guided through the theory and practice of process evaluation through: presentations by tutors with expertise in process evaluation; case studies illustrating a range of process evaluations, and; individual and group exercises.

By the end of this short course, participants should be able to:

  • understand the role of process evaluation within evaluations of complex interventions;
  • identify the key components of the new MRC framework for process evaluation, and understand how these relate to one another;
  • understand the importance of clearly describing a complex intervention and mapping out key assumptions about how it will work;
  • systematically identify the key research questions for a process evaluation to answer;
  • identify the most appropriate methods to address these research questions;
  • understand key issues in analysis, reporting and dissemination of process evaluations.

Who the course is intended for

This course is open to anyone who would like to understand the theory and practice of process evaluation of public health interventions. Attendees do not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of process evaluation, although experience of, or ideas about, a research project using process evaluation would make the course more relevant.

Key references

The guidance is endorsed by the MRC’s Population Health Science Group and Methodology Research Programme panels and NIHR NETSCC, and available in full via the following link:

Moore G, Audrey S, Barker M, Bond L, Bonell C, Hardeman W, Moore L, O’Cathain A, Tinati T, Wight D, Baird J (2014). Process evaluation of complex interventions: Medical Research Council guidance.

Making a booking:

To make a booking, please fill in the booking form for the course and return this by email to Elaine Young, the DECIPHer short course administrator: Elaine.young@bristol.ac.uk.  Please contact Elaine Young if you have any queries.