Evaluating the Health Effects of Social Interventions

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow

Abstract

Policy makers, such as politicians and civil servants, make decisions on a daily basis which affect our lives and possibly our health. These include decisions about whether and where to build new roads, how much to spend on building new housing, and how best to improve the public's health. To help with this decision-making process they need continual access to good quality health research. This programme contributes by carrying out new studies, for example, studies of the effects of housing on health. It also brings together existing research and publishes it in summary form, as systematic literature reviews. Our overall aim is to ensure that policy decisions which may affect our health can be informed by the most reliable research evidence - rather than on poor evidence, anecdote, conventional wisdom, or "what has been done in the past".

Technical Summary

This programme, funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Executive Health Department, aims to produce evidence to support public health decision-making by evaluating the health impacts of social interventions. Our research involves evaluations of the health effects of housing, regeneration, transport, employment, tobacco control and other policies, and their effects on health inequalities. To do this we undertake new controlled studies, mainly using quasi-experimental methods; qualitative research, and systematic reviews. The main objectives of the programme are to:
• Undertake systematic reviews of the effectiveness of social or health interventions (policies, programmes and projects) in improving health, and
• Carry out primary studies evaluating the health impacts of social and health policies and interventions.
The focus of our current research is examining the effects on health and health inequalities of housing and regeneration, employment and welfare, and school contexts, inequalities and health. We also participate in projects aimed at developing new methodologies for evaluation and evidence synthesis.

Publications


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Bambra CL (2008) Shifting schedules: the health effects of reorganizing shift work. in American journal of preventive medicine
Boaz A (2006) A multitude of syntheses: a comparison of five approaches from diverse policy fields in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
 
Description Barcelona Public Health Agency HT 2013
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Citation in cochrane review HT 2013
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
Description GRIP Housing seminar HT 2013
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description GoWell cited in Equally Well ME 2009
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description HIA housing and inequalities HT 2013
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Health in social context course
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Behaviour Change Inquiry LB 2010
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description International Energy Authority HT 2013
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description LirneAsia SR course
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description NICE EWD consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description PHRC review MG 2008
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Publications by Thomson H: Housing and Health Systematic Review, Assessing the Health impacts of Social Interventions paper in BMJ. Numerous other publications in this field.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description SOPHIE HT 2013
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Scottish Government 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description West regional committee, Scottish programme for specialist training in public health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Contribution to specialist public health training
 
Description housing work cited in reviews HT 2009 to 2014
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
Description CSO Lone parents' review
Amount £49,082 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Government 
Department Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start  
 
Description CSO Small Grants (12 month grant) - SEED pilot
Amount £59,116 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Government 
Department Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 04/2010 
End 03/2011
 
Description CSO pre-doctoral fellowship (KS studentship)
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Government 
Department Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 09/2009 
 
Description Capacity building for systematic reviews in South Asia
Amount £104,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Department Department for International Development (DfID)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 04/2011 
End 04/2013
 
Description GoWell funding
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Government 
Department Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start  
 
Description Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Money Matters Review)
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2012 
End 02/2013
 
Description MRC Addiction cluster research
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start  
 
Description NIHR HTA (Inclusive trial)
Amount £451,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 
Department Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2011 
 
Description NIHR PHR (SEED trial)
Amount £1,400,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London Hospitals Charity (UCLH) 
Department National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start  
 
Description NIHR PHR M74 study
Amount £681,493 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 
Department Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2015
 
Description NIHR Public health: systematic review of crime and health
Amount £380,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London Hospitals Charity (UCLH) 
Department National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2010 
End 07/2012
 
Description Public Health Research Programme (MUP)
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London Hospitals Charity (UCLH) 
Department National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 04/2013 
 
Title Effect direction plot 
Description Method to improve transparency of narrative synthesis by presenting heterogeneous data from systematic review where standardised effect sizes are not available and meta-analysis is not possible. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact publication and presentation to systematic review community 
 
Title Harvest Plot 
Description Harvest plot - a new method of presenting synthesised data in systematic reviews. In additon the team has developed numerous new ways of synthesising and presenting data for systeamtic reviews 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2008 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Unknown 
 
Description Cochrane Public Health Group 
Organisation The Cochrane Collaboration
Country Global 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Lead reviewer in joint Cochrane/Campbell systematic review Editor member of international group of methods experts
Collaborator Contribution Developed useful network within Cochrane public health review group
Impact Peer reviewed joint protocol for systematic review (Cochrane Public Health Revewi group and Campbell Social Welfare group) Now editorial member of Public Health Review Group (2011) Steering group member to explore funding options for UK satellite for the group (2013)
Start Year 2009
 
Description Cochrane Public Health Group 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Country Australia, Commonwealth of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead reviewer in joint Cochrane/Campbell systematic review Editor member of international group of methods experts
Collaborator Contribution Developed useful network within Cochrane public health review group
Impact Peer reviewed joint protocol for systematic review (Cochrane Public Health Revewi group and Campbell Social Welfare group) Now editorial member of Public Health Review Group (2011) Steering group member to explore funding options for UK satellite for the group (2013)
Start Year 2009
 
Description Cochrane systematic review of community coalitions 2010 
Organisation Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Country United States of America 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution On advisory group for review to provide methodological expertise on systematic reviews of complex social interventions
Collaborator Contribution Widened international collaboration and network for MRC researcher
Impact No outputs as yet- publications expected in 2012. Draws on education, community development, and public health expertise.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Cochrane systematic review. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on health and well-being of lone parents and their children 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Wrote project proposal and funding application. Responsible for majority of substantive work on project.
Collaborator Contribution Topic and methods expertise. Input into funding application, review protocol and review.
Impact Gibson M, Thomson H, Banas K, Bambra C, Fenton C, Bond L. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on health and well-being of lone parents and their children [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012:Issue 5 Gibson M, Banas K, Thomson H, Bambra C, Bond L, McKee MJ, Lutje V, Fenton C. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on the health and well-being of lone parents and their children. Chief Scientist's Office, Edinburgh, 2011 Gibson M, Banas K, Thomson H, Bambra C, Bond L, McKee M, Lutje V, Fenton C: Welfare to work interventions and their effects on the health and well-being of lone parents and their children [abstract]. In: European Public Health (EUPHA) Conference Public Health and Welfare - Welfare Development and Health November 2011; Copenhagen, Denmark: Published in, European Journal of Public Health 2011; 21 Suppl.1; 2011: A200.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Crime & health systematic review (ended 2012) 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Grant holder on NIHR grant
Collaborator Contribution Grant held by collaborator, research fellow based at LSHTM
Impact publications and presentations including: Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Neary D, Clayton S, Wright K, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Crime, fear of crime and mental health: synthesis of theory and systematic reviews of interventions and qualitative evidence. Public Health Research 2014;2:1-424 Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Neary D, Clayton S, Wright K, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Fear of crime and the environment: systematic review of UK qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health 2013;13:496 Lorenc T, Clayton S, Neary D, Whitehead M, Petticrew M, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Crime, fear of crime, environment, and mental health and wellbeing: mapping review of theories and causal pathways. Health & Place 2012;18:757-765
Start Year 2010
 
Description Glasgow and Baltimore medical history PhD 
Organisation Johns Hopkins University
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-supervising a PhD student based at the University of Glasgow
Collaborator Contribution Graham Mooney of JHU will co-supervise a PhD student based at University of Glasgow. The phd project is linked with the GoWell programme and will also be co-supervised by MRC SPHSU staff member, Matt EganSupervising PhD student on a project connected with the GoWell programmeCo-supervising a PhD student on a project linked to the GoWell programme.
Impact Project was awarded a Smith and Kelvin Scholarship to fund four years of research that will lead to a PhD thesis.
Start Year 2011
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Government
Department Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Government
Department Glasgow Housing Association
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation Scottish Government
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation Sport Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description GoEast: Studying the Impacts of Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games Legacy in the East End Local Development Strategy Area in Glasgow 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Matt Egan is a principal investigator and will contribute to all aspects of the study. The SPHSU survey team managed and conducted the fieldwork.
Collaborator Contribution Co-principal investigators involved in all aspects of the study.
Impact The first wave of fieldwork has been completed. A baseline report has been produced (2013). Multi-disciplinary between SPHSU and Urban Studies.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Health impact assessment of 2014 Commonwealth Games 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The MRC participated in the design, conduct, write-up and dissemination of the HIA. We also produced a systematic review which fed directly into the HIA process.
Impact A full report and summary report are available on the Glasgow City Council website. A journal article is currently under peer review.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Health impact assessment of 2014 Commonwealth Games 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Department Public Health NHSGGC
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The MRC participated in the design, conduct, write-up and dissemination of the HIA. We also produced a systematic review which fed directly into the HIA process.
Impact A full report and summary report are available on the Glasgow City Council website. A journal article is currently under peer review.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Health impact assessment of 2014 Commonwealth Games 
Organisation Scottish Government
Department Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The MRC participated in the design, conduct, write-up and dissemination of the HIA. We also produced a systematic review which fed directly into the HIA process.
Impact A full report and summary report are available on the Glasgow City Council website. A journal article is currently under peer review.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Health impacts of regeneration in Melbourne, Australia 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Department McCaughey Centre
Country Australia, Commonwealth of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Advisory role for evaluation project
Collaborator Contribution Funded trip to Australia to disseminate MRC output in Australia & New Zealand.
Impact Dissemination of MRC research in Melbourne, Tasmania, Auckland & Wellington
 
Description INCLUSIVE trial (ended 2013) 
Organisation King's College London (KCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to funded pilit RCT in schools to reduce violence and bullying
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to development; oversaw implementation and evaluation
Impact No outputs to date. Collaboration is multi-discplinary: adolescent medicine, pyschology, psychiatry, social sciences, health economics, statistics
Start Year 2009
 
Description INCLUSIVE trial (ended 2013) 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to funded pilit RCT in schools to reduce violence and bullying
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to development; oversaw implementation and evaluation
Impact No outputs to date. Collaboration is multi-discplinary: adolescent medicine, pyschology, psychiatry, social sciences, health economics, statistics
Start Year 2009
 
Description INCLUSIVE trial (ended 2013) 
Organisation University College London (UCL)
Department Institute of Education (IOE)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to funded pilit RCT in schools to reduce violence and bullying
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to development; oversaw implementation and evaluation
Impact No outputs to date. Collaboration is multi-discplinary: adolescent medicine, pyschology, psychiatry, social sciences, health economics, statistics
Start Year 2009
 
Description INCLUSIVE trial (ended 2013) 
Organisation University College London (UCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to funded pilit RCT in schools to reduce violence and bullying
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to development; oversaw implementation and evaluation
Impact No outputs to date. Collaboration is multi-discplinary: adolescent medicine, pyschology, psychiatry, social sciences, health economics, statistics
Start Year 2009
 
Description International centre for diarrhoeal disease research 
Organisation International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
Country Bangladesh, People's Republic of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Grant pending- sharing research skills to promote capacity building in low and middle income countries
Collaborator Contribution Collaborated on grant on capacity building with Dept of International development
Impact secured grant from DfID to develop and deliver course on systematic review in south asia
Start Year 2010
 
Description Joseph Rowntree Foundation Does Money Matter (ended 2014) 
Organisation Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department Social and Environmental Health Research
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Theoretical review 'does money matter'
Collaborator Contribution Systematic review
Impact Benzeval M, Bond L, Campbell M, Egan M, Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Popham F. How does money influence health?. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2014 Campbell M, Egan M, Lorenc T, Bond L, Popham F, Fenton C, Benzeval M. Considering methodological options for reviews of theory: illustrated by a review of theories linking income and health. BMC Systematic Reviews 2014;3:114
Start Year 2012
 
Description Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation 
Organisation King's College London (KCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading evaluation of MUP in Scotland
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to this evaluation; links with government
Impact NIHR grant
Start Year 2012
 
Description Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Department Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Leading evaluation of MUP in Scotland
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to this evaluation; links with government
Impact NIHR grant
Start Year 2012
 
Description Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Leading evaluation of MUP in Scotland
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to this evaluation; links with government
Impact NIHR grant
Start Year 2012
 
Description Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading evaluation of MUP in Scotland
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to this evaluation; links with government
Impact NIHR grant
Start Year 2012
 
Description Minimum Unit Pricing Evaluation 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leading evaluation of MUP in Scotland
Collaborator Contribution Contributing to this evaluation; links with government
Impact NIHR grant
Start Year 2012
 
Description PHRC inequalities review 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led project; wrote funding application; screened, retrieved and data extracted papers; major contribution to final report.
Collaborator Contribution Conducted and coordinated screening, retrieval and data extraction of papers for systematic review. Major contribution to final report.Advisory input throughout project; assisted with writing final report Conducted searches for review; advisory input, assisted with writing final report.
Impact Report for funders (PHRC). 2 academic publications 19692738 19162064
Start Year 2006
 
Description PHRC inequalities review 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led project; wrote funding application; screened, retrieved and data extracted papers; major contribution to final report.
Collaborator Contribution Conducted and coordinated screening, retrieval and data extraction of papers for systematic review. Major contribution to final report.Advisory input throughout project; assisted with writing final report Conducted searches for review; advisory input, assisted with writing final report.
Impact Report for funders (PHRC). 2 academic publications 19692738 19162064
Start Year 2006
 
Description PHRC inequalities review 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led project; wrote funding application; screened, retrieved and data extracted papers; major contribution to final report.
Collaborator Contribution Conducted and coordinated screening, retrieval and data extraction of papers for systematic review. Major contribution to final report.Advisory input throughout project; assisted with writing final report Conducted searches for review; advisory input, assisted with writing final report.
Impact Report for funders (PHRC). 2 academic publications 19692738 19162064
Start Year 2006
 
Description PHRC inequalities review 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led project; wrote funding application; screened, retrieved and data extracted papers; major contribution to final report.
Collaborator Contribution Conducted and coordinated screening, retrieval and data extraction of papers for systematic review. Major contribution to final report.Advisory input throughout project; assisted with writing final report Conducted searches for review; advisory input, assisted with writing final report.
Impact Report for funders (PHRC). 2 academic publications 19692738 19162064
Start Year 2006
 
Description REAP Cluster 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Department Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to initial proposal. Subsequent contribution to full proposal
Collaborator Contribution Lead on MRC addiction cluster grant application
Impact MRC addiction research clusters (Cluster Development Contracts) £5000 for development of full proposal
Start Year 2009
 
Description SHARP 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department School of Social and Political Sciences Glasgow
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Survey Office conducted longitudinal survey of respondents; Qualitative interviews were conducted and a reprot for funders was produced.
Collaborator Contribution DUS coordinated the study, analysed the survey data and conducted the first wave of qualitative interviews.
Impact Project has contributed to understanding of health/housing relationship and demonstrated feasibility of evaluating naturally occurring interventions. Several academic articles in preparation or under review. Reports for funders: Gibson M, Thomson H, Petticrew M, Kearns A. Health & housing in the SHARP study: qualitative research findings. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research 2008. Kearns A, Mason P, Petticrew M. SHARP survey findings: changes in residential circumstances. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research, 2008. Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: mental health and wellbeing outcomes. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research: Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow & MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, 2008. open access Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: physical health and health behaviour outcomes. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research, 2008. Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: social and community outcomes. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research, 2008. Petticrew M, Kearns A, Hoy C, Gibson M, Mason P. The SHARP study: objectives, design and methodology. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research 2008. Petticrew M, Kearns A, Hoy C, Mason P, Gibson M, Whitley E. The SHARP study: findings of a controlled study of the effects of housing and neighbourhood change on health and well-being. Edinburgh:Scottish Government Research Findings 18/2008. Kearns A, Petticrew M, Hoy C, Mason P, Ferrell C. The effects of social housing on health and wellbeing: initial findings from the SHARP study. Research from Communities Scotland. Report No 75. Edinburgh: Communities Scotland, 2006.
 
Description SHIAN Transport evidence synthesis 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Department Scottish Health Impact Assessment Network
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supervised preparation of evidence synthesis on health impacts of transport initiatives
Collaborator Contribution Promoted collaborative knowledge transfer
Impact Report for policymakers and practitioners and journal paper reporting on knowledge transfer for healthy public policy (PMID 18826561)
 
Description Systematic review of food security 
Organisation Deakin University
Country Australia, Commonwealth of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribute expertise on synthesising complex data, and provide review support at different stages of review
Collaborator Contribution International collaborators to extend development of methods of synthesising evidence of complex interventions
Impact Contribute expertise on synthesising complex data, and provide review support
Start Year 2010
 
Description Systematic review of food security 
Organisation University of Ottawa
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribute expertise on synthesising complex data, and provide review support at different stages of review
Collaborator Contribution International collaborators to extend development of methods of synthesising evidence of complex interventions
Impact Contribute expertise on synthesising complex data, and provide review support
Start Year 2010
 
Description The influence of political and economic context on the health of Swedish lone mothers 
Organisation Karolinska Institute
Country Sweden, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution gained funding for initial visit, idea for paper, drafting intro and background for paper, analysis strategy
Collaborator Contribution refining ideas, data analysis, writing up
Impact none as yet
Start Year 2013
 
Title INCLUSIVE 
Description School-based intervention involving wchole school restorative practices and curriculum to reduce violence and bullying. Development draws on the Gatehouse Project develped and trialled in Australai 
Type Preventative Intervention - Behavioural risk modification
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2012
Development Status Closed
Impact None to date 
 
Description Egan M and GoWell. 'Natural experiments, complexity and the regeneration of Glasgow: the GoWell programme" (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Complex Interventions Symposium 13th May 2013). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Event: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Complex Interventions Symposium
Date: 13 May 2013
Location: London, UK
Title: Natural experiments, complexity and the regeneration of Glasgow: the GoWell programme
Presenter: Matt Egan

Requested to produce special edition journal article on ethnicity and complex interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Egan M and GoWell. A synthesis of GoWell Research Findings About the Links Between Regeneration and Health. GoWell Annual Event, Glasgow, March 2013. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 80 delegates, academic/policy/local service delivery and members of the public in audience. Discuss findings from study and implications for future action.
Presenter: Matt Egan

No specific impacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Evaluation Summerschool 2009, 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised event (in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland). Attended by 70-100 participants - health sector and other practitioners, programme deliverers and policy makers with an interest in evaluation. In 2010 we ran our own workshop on evaluating complex interventions.

Workshop received positive feedback from participants and provided a chance to network with local and international delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description Family science centre event 2013 ME 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public engagement: facilitating an interactive exhibit. Audience children and parents
MRC/CSO SPHSU, University of Glasgow. Health and the City: part of the MRC Centenary interactive exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, June 2013.


Positive feedback from children and families
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Friends of Earth HT 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact none
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description GHA regeneration committee 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Present research findings and implications for regeneration in Glasgow - to housing practitioners leading regeneration program in Glasgow

GHA plede to incorporate findings in future strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description GU systematic review course ME, MG, HT 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact systematic review course - for researchers in the field - around 30 attended.
Location: Glasgow, UK
Presenters: Matt Egan, Hilary Thomson, Marcia Gibson

Follow-up systematic review clinique to assist specific researchers with their projects - capacity building.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description GoWell 2006-2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Note: the tick boxes for point 5.3 do not allow to tick more than one box. Gowell has in fact been involved in all the above activities. Since its start, GoWell has kept in regular (more than monthly) contact, including regular meetings, with major stakeholders involved in Glasgow's regeneration. These involve the Scottish Government, Glasgow Housing Association and other local housing organisations, Area Committees, residents' associations, Glasgow City Council, Community Health Partnerships etc. Besides these meetings (which often involve dissemination and small presentations) we have produced the following since 2006 (which can be found on the GoWell website): 9 journal articles, 26 Reports and working papers, 15 briefing papers, 25 major presentations at workshops, conferences and other events (including 6 major events hosted by GoWell), 39 community newsletters (sent to approx 20000 residents), 2 professional newsletters, 84 community newsletters, 14 posters, 6 summary leaflets and regular contributions to the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum monthly publication. All of these are available to the public and are particularly targeted at key stakeholders involved in urban regeneration.


The Scottish Government's strategy on health inequalities ('Equally Well') explicitly refers to GoWell and its role in our understanding of how urban regeneration can affect health inequalities. GoWell has also helped shape Glasgow's regeneration plans by better informing planners and other stakeholders. For example, in two of our areas regeneration plans were changed after resident groups used GoWell data to argue their case for the need for different approaches to those originally planned - regarding decisions about when and when not to demolish people's homes. In 2010, Glasgow Housing Association (who lead on most of the housing regeneration in the city) produced a detailed response describing how they would adapt their plans in the light of GoWell findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description GoWell Youth Diversion 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation and workshop on recent evaluation of local project

unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description GoWell Youth Diversionary Initiatives and Health 2009 HT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event: Youth Diversionary Initiatives and Health. GoWell Annual Event. 2009. HT
Date: May 2009.
Location: Teacher Building, Glasgow, UK
Presenters: Hilary Thomson and L. Aston.

Shared information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description GoWell presentations to community groups, professionals and policy makers 2006-2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Since its start, GoWell has kept in regular (more than monthly) contact, including regular meetings, with major stakeholders involved in Glasgow's regeneration. These involve the Scottish Government, Glasgow Housing Association and other local housing organisations, Area Committees, residents' associations, Glasgow City Council, Community Health Partnerships etc. These meetings often involve dissemination and presentations: since 2006 we have made 22 presentations to community groups including area committees, housing association member committees, community planning committees and community health partnership committees. 26 presenations to professional and policy groups, including Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police, Housing managers.

The Scottish Government's strategy on health inequalities ('Equally Well') explicitly refers to GoWell and its role in our understanding of how urban regeneration can affect health inequalities. GoWell has also helped shape Glasgow's regeneration plans by better informing planners and other stakeholders. For example, in two of our areas regeneration plans were changed after resident groups used GoWell data to argue their case for the need for different approaches to those originally planned - regarding decisions about when and when not to demolish people's homes. In 2010, Glasgow Housing Association (who lead on most of the housing regeneration in the city) produced a detailed response describing how they would adapt their plans in the light of GoWell findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description GoWell written communications to residents, community groups, professionals and policy makers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 15 journal articles, 34 Reports and working papers, 19 briefing papers, conferences and other events (including 6 major events hosted by GoWell), 99 community newsletters (sent to approx 20000 residents), 2 professional newsletters, 84 community newsletters, 14 posters, 6 summary leaflets and regular contributions to the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum monthly publication. All of these are available to the public and are particularly targeted at key stakeholders involved in urban regeneration.

The Scottish Government's strategy on health inequalities ('Equally Well') explicitly refers to GoWell and its role in our understanding of how urban regeneration can affect health inequalities. GoWell has also helped shape Glasgow's regeneration plans by better informing planners and other stakeholders. For example, in two of our areas regeneration plans were changed after resident groups used GoWell data to argue their case for the need for different approaches to those originally planned - regarding decisions about when and when not to demolish people's homes. In 2010, Glasgow Housing Association (who lead on most of the housing regeneration in the city) produced a detailed response describing how they would adapt their plans in the light of GoWell findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description Gowell scot gov w3 findings 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation to group of Scottish Gov civil servants involved in regeneration and associated social policy - presenting findings from regeneration study.

No direct impacts although findings seen to inform general regeneration strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Health in its social context: Glasgow University Masters Course MG, HT 2012, 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 10 postgrad students are attending a course that summarises much of the work conducted in the unit (and elsewhere) on the social determinants of health and health inequalites.
Presenters: Hilary Thomson, Marcia Gibson

Course has only been running 2 weeks but has attracted UK and overseas students to Glasgow University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description Healthy Master Planning for Urban Extensions and Regeneration Projects: NICE Development of Public Health Guidance Workshop. 2010 HT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Event: Healthy Master Planning for Urban Extensions and Regeneration Projects: NICE Development of Public Health Guidance Workshop.
Date: April 2010
Location: Maple House, Birmingham, UK
Title: Healthy urban planning: a summary of research evidence.
Presenter: Hilary Thomson (invited speaker).

Shared information with policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Housing and health commentaries 2007, 2008, 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prepared two articles for practitioner journals and commentaries in other printed media on the health impacts of housing and regeneration- based on MRC work.

unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008,2009
 
Description Housing study stakeholder feedback 2006 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Report and leaflet summarising findings of study of housing improvement

unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description LirneAsia course HT 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact none
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Annual Public Health Forum 2009 HT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event: North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Annual Public Health Forum 2009 HT
Date: June 2009
Location: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
Title: Housing and neighbourhood renewal as a health investment: what do we know and what do we need to find out?
Presenter: Hilary Thomson (invited speaker)

Shared information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Presentation on the role of research in (better) policy making. for ESRC/OFMDFM (Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister) Public Policy Seminar 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation on the role of research in (better) policy making. for ESRC/OFMDFM (Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister) Public Policy Seminar 'Recession, changing economic circumstances and health: the role of research in better policy making' Belfast

Unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Presentation to Continuing Professional Development Scottish Government, Directorate General for Health and Wellbeing, Chief Medical Office Directorate Public Health Professionals Group 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation on School-based interventions for improving young people's health to the Continuing Professional Development Scottish Government, Directorate General for Health and Wellbeing, Chief Medical Office Directorate Public Health Professionals Group, Edinburgh October 2008

unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Presentation to Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics Health Challenge Wales: Evidence for Policy Seminar Series 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation: Rethinking health promotion in schools: Lessons from the Gatehouse Project. Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics Health Challenge Wales: Evidence for Policy Seminar Series, 19th September 2008

unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Presentation to Health Select Committee, UK House of Commons, Glasgow 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Presentation to Evaluating the health effects of social interventions: what works to reduce health inequalities? Presentation to Health Select Committee, UK House of Commons, Glasgow, June 2008

Information presented informed Committees report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Presentation to Scottish Government Regeneration Group and o Scottish Government Stakeholder Meeting 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact GoWell A Glasgow Community Health and Wellbeing Research and Learning Programme: Investigating the Processes and Impacts of Neighbourhood Change. Presented at Scottish Government Regeneration Seminar & to Scottish Government Highlevel Stakeholder Meeting

Findings from the study informing Scottich Government Regeneration policies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Research skills literature searching 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 20 attendees from research unit

none
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description SHARP feedback 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact A brief summary of the SHARP's findings was posted to all respondents, with a feedback slip enabling respondents to give their views if they wished. The published project summary was also posted to stakeholders who facilitated the research

Several people responded with interesting comments on the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description SHARP website 2008, 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A dedicated SHARP study website was created to disseminate information about the study.

Between March and Dec 2009, the website has had 563 hits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009
 
Description Scottish Government presentation 2009 HT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Event: Scottish Government presentation 2009 HT
Date: June 2009
Location: Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, UK
Title: What do we know about the health and socio-economic impacts of neighbourhood renewal? Tackling multiple deprivation in communities.
Presenter: Hilary Thomson (invited speaker)

Shared information with policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Springburn Area Committee meeting 2012 ME 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conference name: Springburn Area Committee meeting
Date: 22 October 2012
Location: Glasgow UK
Title: The GoWell Lived Realities Study
Authors: Egan M, Conway E, Lawson L


Not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description WHO Environmental Burden of Disease- Poor housing 2006 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Invited expert- presenting oral and written evidence to WHO panel

Chapter in interim report on environmental burden of disease. Membership and convenor of international sub-group of experts working on longer term WHO project. Also prepared chapter for WHO book (final report) on Environmental Burden of Disease attributable to poor housing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description Workshop for Festival of Social Science on complex school-based interventions 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 4 hour workshop: Transforming the work of schools to embed health promotion: building on the Gatehouse Project. for the Festival of Social Science. 13th March 2008, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Funded by ESRC and Canadian Institutes of Health Research - ICCI Audience was practitioners, researchers & policy makers

Was invited by DoH to be on scietific advisory group for the evaluation of Health Promoting Schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Workshop for Headstrong, Jigsaw Kerry Learning Network: 2011 LB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference name: Workshop for Headstrong, Jigsaw Kerry Learning Network,
Title: Transforming the work of schools to embed health promotion: building on the Gatehouse Project
Date: 5.9.11
Location: Kerry, Ireland
Presenter: Lyndal Bond


Not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description gowell scottish crime/justice seminar 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact discuss gowell findings on crime, ASB with relevant policymakers / civil servants

no direct impacts known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012