Sharing Learning event_ Evaluating Local Public Health Practice @NIHRSPHR

School for Public Health Research: Evaluating Local Public Health Practice

 Sharing our learning from the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES)

 25 January 2017, 12.00 to 16.00

Pemberton Room, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA


12.00 – 12.10 Welcome and introduction to PHPES

Jennie Popay, Deputy Director of SHPR, LiLaC

12.10 – 13.00 Lunch and networking with poster display
13.00 – 14.30


Presentations from four local evaluations

Doncaster Foundation for Change Domestic Abuse Perpetrators


The health inequalities impact of reducing the cost of local authority

leisure facilities in the North West

The Time Credit Programme in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: assessing

impacts on health and social wellbeing

Football as a mental health intervention – the ‘Coping Through Football’ evaluation

14.30 – 15.00 Refreshments
15.00 – 15.50 Open discussion: lessons so far and future directions
15.50 – 16.00 Summing up – Jennie Popay

To reserve your place please click here

Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

SPHR’s goal is to produce high quality evidence for public health practice to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. To achieve this, the School must address the challenges faced by public health practitioners working on the ‘front line’ – in the NHS, in local authority public health teams, in other local authority departments including social care, schools and transport and in the third sector.

To help us respond to these challenges we have set up the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES).  PHPES enables people working in public health who are introducing innovative initiatives aimed at improving health, to work in partnership with SPHR to conduct rigorous evaluations. The scheme is particularly focused on local public health initiatives, rather than projects that are part of national programmes.

What PHPES offers
The scheme offers public health practitioners working in any sector an exciting opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with leading population health scientists to evaluate your practice
  • Gain national profile for your work
  • Provide evidence on the cost-effectiveness of your work that others can use
  • The possibility that your project or initiative will be replicated in other areas

Projects or initiatives can be focused on changing the environment in which people live and work – natural, built, social, financial, regulatory and cultural, promoting healthy individual behaviour, or both. We also consider those aimed at improving population health services.

For more information see our website

Presentations from four local evaluations

Doncaster Foundation for Change Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Programme

Domestic abuse has been identified as a pressing public health issue, but one with a very weak evidence base to inform intervention design and delivery. To-date there has been only one evaluation of a perpetrator programme for voluntary participants in the UK. There is a need for more theory-driven evaluations of community-based interventions for perpetrators to enable greater understanding of how such interventions operate to effect change, the optimal components of such interventions, and how they can be successfully implemented in practice.

The evaluation is being carried out by a team of researchers across ScHARR and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The project is supported by public health commissioners and the wider domestic abuse strategy group at Doncaster, as well as the provider organisation that is delivering the intervention, Foundation.

The Health Inequalities Impact of Reducing the Cost of Local Authority Leisure Facilities in the North West

This project evaluates the health inequalities impact of variations in the pricing policy of local authority supported leisure facilities, including concessionary schemes, free offers and differences in standard prices.

Our approach follows linked stages to investigate the relationships that link the investment of public money in subsidising leisure facilities to the potential impacts of this on health inequalities. We are undertaking a detailed exploration of the components of pricing policy in each area, and noting how these have changed over time. Using data extracted from leisure management systems we will use quasi-experimental methods to investigate how pricing structures and offers have affected the participation of different socioeconomic groups. Qualitative interviews with members of the public have been used to explore how cost influences participation. Finally we will investigate the association between the level of subsidy of leisure facilities and participation using national datasets.

The Time Credit Programme in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

In collaboration with the Cambridgeshire County Council Community Engagement Team and SPICE, we are conduction an evaluation of the Time Credit programme in Wisbech. In the Time Credit model, people earn Time Credits by giving their time to local service and groups – one Time Credit is earned for each hour of time given. People can then ‘spend’ Time Credits to access events, training and leisure activities provided by public, community and private organisations. Time Credits are a unique tool to enable engagement with some of the most vulnerable members of the community and reduce social isolation. The evaluation will assess the impact of this model on health and social well-being.

Football as a mental health intervention – the Coping Through Football evaluation

Coping Through Football is a transformational project that demonstrates how two sporting charities, London Playing Fields Foundation and Leyton Orient Trust, can work with the NHS (in the shape of NELFT) to produce a sustainable recovery model approach to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people experiencing mental health issues. The project aims to show how sport can: 1) help tackle stigma and discrimination, 2) can work together with the health sector on shared agendas to reduce inequalities, 3) be a tool for engagement with hard to reach groups and 4) assist in the recovery of those with mental ill health. Researchers at the Department for Clinical Educational and Health Psychology are currently evaluating CTF to assess the impact of this project with regard to a number of quantitative and qualitative outcome measures.

Other Current School for Public Health Research PHPES Projects

  • Mentoring vulnerable and excluded adolescents to achieve better health and well-being.
  • Evaluation of a complex intervention to promote increased smoking cessation rates among pregnant women in maternity care
  • DrinkThink: Alcohol screening and brief intervention for young people in youth, social service, and healthcare settings.
  • Cumulative impact policies to reduce alcohol-related harms in Islington local authority
  • Community-based Prevention of Diabetes (ComPoD).
  • Evaluation of the London-wide HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP)
  • Exposing the impact of advice services on health and inequalities
  • Stoke-on-Trent Smokefree Homes Service Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Sheffield City Council “Housing +” programme
  • Evaluation of the Public Health Alcohol Licencing (PHAL) Tool
  • What is needed to implement and evaluate the Falls Prevention Programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough most effectively? – Learning from pilot projects
  • Ways to Wellness: feasibility study of the impact of a social prescribing intervention

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