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Developing Public Health Interventions

Developing Public Health Interventions
A Step-by-Step Guide

January 2022 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A highly practical guide to public health intervention development. This book has been developed to assist anyone involved with effective health promotion project design. It cuts through the complex theories and technical frameworks to provide a 6 step formula for creating effective and sustainable interventions.

Key features
  • Adopts a pragmatic approach that addresses barriers and challenges to project delivery
  • Utilises the Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development framework - a unique model designed specifically to improve intervention planning
  • Combines the theory and concepts behind intervention development with practical methods of delivery on the ground
  • Includes detailed case studies that provide examples of how the six steps can be used for successful intervention design
As the health needs of an increasingly globalised world continue to evolve and shift, effective planning and intervention work will only become more important. Written by leading researchers and experts who draw on a wealth of experience in the field, this book will be essential reading for any student, practitioner or policy maker requiring an understanding of practical intervention design.  
Introduction to the Book
Principles of Intervention Development
Causality, Systems and Complexity
6SQuID Step 1: Understand the Problem and Its Causes
Step 2: Identifying Modifiable Causal Factors
Step 3: Identifying How to Bring About Change: Theory of Change
Step 4: Identifying How to Deliver Change Mechanisms – Theory of Action
Step 5 of 6squid: Testing and Adapting the Intervention
6SQuID Step 6: Collecting Sufficient Evidence of Effectiveness to Proceed to a Rigorous Evaluation
Case Studies

Ruth Jepson

Professor Ruth Jepson is a professor of public health in social science and Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She has a background in nursing and has worked in the field of public health for over 30 years. Her expertise includes systematic reviews, co-production, qualitative methods and the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions.  She was part of the team who developed the Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development and has used it widely in her teaching and research. More About Author

John McAteer

Dr John McAteer BSc Msc PhD is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  John’s expertise is in behaviour change, public health, and the development and evaluation of complex interventions.  Over the past 18 years, John has led and been involved with many intervention projects, working closely with policy makers and practitioners.  His work has fed into national policy initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s National Parenting Strategy.   He is currently a co-Director of Grow Public Health Research and Consultancy, in Edinburgh, UK.   More About Author

Andrew James Williams

Dr Andrew James Williams MPH PhD FHEA is Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of St Andrews, UK. Andrew has been involved with the evaluation of nation-wide (abolition of prescription fees) and city-wide policies (20mph speed limits) through to smaller scale youth work and community development interventions. Having trained in quantitative methods (epidemiology), Andrew’s interests are now in what sustains and improves our health, which means grappling with the complex systems that influence health. He is particularly keen that we learn from all interventions through thorough evaluation. More About Author

Larry Doi

Dr Lawrence Doi BSc MPH PhD FHEA is a Lecturer in Applied Public Health and Postgraduate Research Director (Nursing Studies) at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His expertise is in developing and evaluating complex interventions. Lawrence taught on developing and evaluating complex intervention course at masters level for five years. He has been involved in several intervention development projects, including leading a team of researchers and stakeholders to develop an intervention to reduce high readmission rates for patients following intensive care admission. He is currently the lead researcher on a Scottish Government funded project... More About Author

Audrey Buelo

Dr Audrey Buelo MPH PhD is an epidemiologist studying the COVID-19 vaccination response at Public Health Scotland. She received her Doctorate in Applied Health and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctorate research involved the development of a physical activity and mental health improvement intervention for women who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes through novel methods of co-production. More About Author

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