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Methodological innovation in public health intervention science: Adapting interventions to new contexts

The aim of this one-day course, led by Professor Graham Moore and Dr Rhiannon Evans, is to provide participants with a working knowledge of debates, theory and methodological innovation in the adaptation of interventions for new contexts.

Teaching will focus on recent DECIPHer led MRC-NIHR funded methodological guidance on adapting interventions to new contexts.

Who it’s for

Researchers, PhD students, practitioners and policy makers interested in the development and evaluation of complex interventions, specifically in public health. No prior knowledge is assumed.

What you’ll learn

  • When and why it might be more appropriate to adapt an existing intervention rather than developing a new one
  • Key debates, concepts and principles in relation to intervention adaptation
  • How to select existing interventions for new contexts and consider intervention-context fit
  • How to plan for and undertake adaptations
  • How to decide what type and extent of evaluation (and monitoring of implementation) is needed for adapted interventions.


09:00 - 09:15Registration
09:15 - 09:30Welcome
Professor Graham Moore / Dr Rhiannon Evans
09:30 - 10:30Why adapt interventions to new contexts? Key concepts, principles and debates
Professor Graham Moore
10:30 - 10:45Coffee break
10:45 - 11:45What guidance and frameworks are available for adaptation (and how are they used)?
Dr Lisa Pfadenhauer
11:45 - 12:15Case study: Adapting the Strengthen Families Programme from the USA to Wales
Dr Jeremy Segrott
12:15 - 13:00Lunch break
13:00 - 13:15Introduction to the ADAPT guidance
Dr Rhiannon Evans
13:15 - 13:45Selecting which interventions to adapt
Dr Rhiannon Evans
13:45 - 14:15Group task: Identifying an intervention and considering intervention-context fit
Dr Lauren Copeland / Dr Hayley Reed
14:15 - 14:45Planning for and undertaking adaptations to achieve intervention-context fit
Professor Graham Moore
14:45 - 15:00Coffee break
15:00 - 15:30Group task: plan for and undertake adaptations
Dr Lauren Copeland / Dr Hayley Reed
15:30 - 16:00Deciding on the type and extent of re-evaluation needed in a new context
Dr Rhiannon Evans
16:00 - 16:15Summary and questions
Professor Graham Moore / Dr Rhiannon Evans

Key readings

Teaching and useful information

We will confirm timings, provide learning materials, and other information in the two weeks leading up to your course.

The course will be taught in person, COVID-19 guidelines allowing.


Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3WA

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