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CECAN Webinar: An update of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions

Online, 15 Jun 2022, 1pm
Kathryn Skivington & Laurence Moore

Wednesday 15th June 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenters: Kathryn Skivington & Laurence Moore (SPHSU)

Webinar Overview:

Complex interventions are commonly used in the health and social care services, public health practice, and other areas of social and economic policy that have consequences for health. Examples include a new surgical procedure, the redesign of a healthcare programme, and a change in welfare policy. In this webinar Kathryn and Laurence will present their recent paper in BMJ, which updated a 2008 Medical Research Council framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions. They will discuss the motivations for updating this framework, including the need to discuss complexity and systems thinking more explicitly in the context of development and evaluation of interventions. They will introduce the key points of the framework, aiming to help researchers work with other stakeholders to identify the key questions about complex interventions, and to design and conduct research with a diversity of perspectives and appropriate choice of methods.

The BMJ paper is Open Access and can be found here.

Presenter Biographies:

Kathryn Skivington is a Research Fellow at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. She has used various qualitative and quantitative methods to explore, develop and evaluate public health interventions, and has a broad research interest in health inequalities. Kathryn led the writing of the MRC/NIHR Framework to Develop and Evaluate Complex Interventions (2021). More recently she has been developing the process of taking a systems approach to intervention development, as PI on a CSO funded project to explore drug-related deaths in Scotland (as developmental work for co-produced interventions) and as investigator on a project related to physical activity and social connections for healthy ageing.

Laurence Moore is Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow as well as Co-Programme Leader of the Complexity Programme within the Unit. He is senior author on the MRC/NIHR Framework to Develop and Evaluate Complex Interventions (2021). Until 2013, Laurence was Professor of Public Health Improvement at Cardiff University and founding Director of DECIPHer, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. He is a social scientist and statistician with a track record in the development and evaluation of interventions to improve public health. He has completed mixed methods evaluations of diverse interventions and programmes (e.g. related to exercise, diet, smoking), which have then had a direct impact on policy and practice.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – please click here to register for a place.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.

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