From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Evaluating complex interventions

The scale and nature of many public health interventions means that they tend to be complex and their evaluation may be problematic and the frequent lack of randomisation in policy implementation means that it can be difficult to ascertain causality. Our work focuses on the statistical evaluation of complex interventions, particularly natural experiments.

Publications

2012

The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Research Team (including Leyland AH) . The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on seven year olds and their families DFE-RR220. London, 2012

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2010

Leyland AH. Methodological challenges in the evaluation of community interventions. European Journal of Public Health 2010;20:242-3

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The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Research Team (including Leyland AH) . The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on five year olds and their families DFE-RR067. London, 2010

open access  

2009

Belsky J, Leyland AH, Barnes J, Melhuish E.. Sure Start in England. The Lancet 2009;373ID - 876:381

open access  

2008

Melhuish E, Belsky J, Leyland AH, Barnes J, the National Evaluation of Sure Start Research Team . Effects of fully-established Sure Start Local Programmes on 3 year old children and their families living in England: a quasi-experimental observational study. The Lancet 2008;372:1641-47

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The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Research Team (including Leyland AH) . The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on three year olds and their families NESS/2008/FR/027. London, 2008

2007

Melhuish E, Belsky J, Anning A, Ball M, Barnes J, Romaniuk H, Leyland AH, NESS Research Team . Variation in community intervention programmes and consequences for children and families: the example of Sure Start Local Programmes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2007;48:543-551

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2006

Belsky J, Melhuish E, Barnes J, Leyland AH, Romaniuk H, National Evaluation of Sure Start research team. Effects of Sure Start local programmes on children and families: early findings from a quasi-experimental, cross sectional study. BMJ 2006;332:1476-1748

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2005

The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Research Team (including Leyland AH) . Early impacts of Sure Start Local Programmes on children and families; report of the cross-sectional study of 9-and 36-month old children and their families NESS/2005/FR/013. Nottingham, 2005

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Tunstill J, Allnock D, Akhurst S, Garbers C, NESS research team, (including Leyland A. H.). Sure Start Local Programmes: Implications of case study data from the National Evaluation of Sure Start. Children & Society 2005;19:158-171

2004

The National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Research Team (including Leyland AH) . The national evaluation of Sure Start Local Programmes in England. Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2004;9:2-8

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