Seminar: 6SQuID: A framework for developing complex public health interventions | Dr Ruth Jepson and Dr John McAteer, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh

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Event Details

31 January 2018 at 12:00 pm – 31 January 2018 at 1:00 pm
Monash Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 553 St Kilda Road, Ground Floor Conference Rooms, Melbourne VIC 3004
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Medicine, Nursing, Health Science; Public lectures; Seminars & Workshops


Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of public health interventions depends as much on a well theorised developmental phase as a robust evaluation. Existing frameworks and guidance for the development of interventions tend to be orientated towards social-psychological, individual behaviour change and either provide little specific detail on intervention development or require great technical skills and resources. Drawing on the strengths of these existing frameworks, 6SQuID (Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development) was developed – a pragmatic six-step guide to the essential stages of intervention development to assist public health practitioners and researchers.

This seminar will describe each step of the framework, drawing upon interventions developed in Scotland by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy: (1) StandUp4Health (to decrease sedentary behaviour in office workers), and (2) CARE (to increase parenting support and reduce mental distress in kinship carers).

Dr Jepson and Dr McAteer will touch upon its applicability and utility for public health practitioners in both government and third sector, in addition to sharing their insights into public health intervention development after 10 years operation within Scotland.

About the speakers

Dr Ruth Jepson is a Reader in Public Health Evaluation at the University of Edinburgh. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration for many years undertaking systematic reviews, but more recently has focussed on the co-production of interventions/ad or evaluations in public health. She was involved in the development of 6SQuID which is a framework for developing complex public health interventions. She has used this framework for three current projects around increasing physical activity in bingo clubs, care homes and workplaces. She is currently the principal investigator on a large natural experiment to evaluate the effects of 20mph limits in Edinburgh and Belfast.

Dr John McAteer is a Senior Research Fellow in the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh. His work primarily focuses upon intervention development and evaluation. John has applied frameworks for developing and evaluating interventions to areas such as hand-hygiene behaviour in healthcare settings, and relaxation skills for kinship carers. He has been involved in a number of Scottish national public health policy initiatives, including the development of a national parenting strategy, and policies related to tobacco control.

Associate Professor Anita Wluka
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School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University