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Methodological Innovation in Public Health Intervention Science: Adapting Interventions to New Contexts

Course date:

14 September 2023.

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Course details:

The aim of this one-day course, led by Professor Graham Moore and Dr Rhiannon Evans, is to provide participants with a working knowledge of debates, theory and methodological innovation in the adaptation of interventions for new contexts. Teaching will focus on recent DECIPHer led MRC-NIHR funded methodological guidance on adaptating interventions to new contexts.

What you’ll learn:

  • When and why it might be more appropriate to adapt an existing intervention rather than developing a new one
  • Key debates, concepts and principles in relation to intervention adaptation
  • How to select existing interventions for new contexts and consider intervention-context fit
  • How to plan for and undertake adaptations
  • How to  decide what type and extent of evaluation (and monitoring of implementation) is needed for adapted interventions

Who it’s for:

Researchers, PhD students, practitioners and policy makers interested in the development and evaluation of complex interventions, specifically in public health. No prior knowledge is assumed.

You do not need to have attended other DECIPHer short courses.

Key readings:

Adapting interventions to new contexts—the ADAPT guidance

Adaptation of interventions for implementation and/or re-evaluation in new contexts: The ADAPT guidance (v1.0)

ADAPT Study website

Teaching and useful information

We will confirm timings, provide learning materials, and other information in the two weeks leading up to your course.

The course will be taught in person, COVID-19 guidelines allowing.

Course Location

Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

Course Fee


International visitors can request a formal invitation letter from Cardiff University, in support of their Short Term Study Visa application, by contacting Zoe Macdonald: