The following are documents that CEDAR has been involved in that support effective evaluation of public health intervention:
- MRC Guidance – Using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions. This guidance helps producers, users, funders and publishers of evidence understand how and when ‘natural experiments’ can be used to good effect.
- Assessing the Evaluability of Complex Public Health Interventions: Five Questions for Researchers, Funders, and Policymakers. This document is for structuring dialogue and decisions about what interventions should be evaluated, when to evaluate them and how evaluation might be used.
- A translational framework for public health research. BMC Public Health 2009, 9:116. This model, which describes the translational process in public health, is considerably more complex than those typically applied to healthcare research translation, as it takes account of the many and varied interactions across different academic, practical, political, social, economic, and cultural sectors. The work of CEDAR is closely informed by this framework.
- Public Health England Obesity Knowledge Updates – a weekly round-up of the latest research publications, reports, tools, data updates and news.
- NICE Public Health guidance – recommendations for populations and individuals on activities, policies and strategies that can help prevent disease or improve health.
- Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway – a single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England
- NHS Choices Behind the Headlines – a guide to science in the news, which often includes diet and activity topics.
- MRC Guidance – Developing and evaluating complex interventions. Craig et al, BMJ 2008; 337:a1655
- MRC Diet and physical activity measurement toolkit – a comprehensive resource of methods for those interested in measuring diet and physical activity: www.dapa-toolkit.mrc.ac.uk
- Assessing the Evaluability of Complex Public Health Interventions: Five Questions for Researchers, Funders, and Policymakers. This tool is for structuring dialogue and decisions about what interventions should be evaluated, when to evaluate them and how evaluation might be used.
- HM Treasury Magenta Book The Magenta Book is guidance on evaluation for Central Government, but will also be useful for all policy makers, including in local government, charities and the voluntary sectors. It sets out the key issues to consider when designing and managing evaluations, and the presentation and interpretation of evaluation results.
- Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (Glasgow): Evaluating the Health Effects of Social Interventions
- US Centre for Disease Control: A framework for evaluation and other evaluation resources
Food and diet
Useful resources for food prices, purchasing, consumption, diet, nutrition and health.
- Family Food is the source of detailed statistical information on purchased quantities, expenditure and nutrient intakes derived from both household and eating out food and drink.
- The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) is a continuous cross-sectional survey of the food consumption, nutrient intakes and nutritional status of the general population aged 18 months upwards living in private households in the UK. It covers all four countries of the UK and is designed to be representative of the UK population.
- The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (LIDNS) was commissioned by the Food Standards Agency. It provides strong, nationally representative, evidence on the eating habits, nourishment and nutrition-related health of people on low income. It also assesses the effect of lifestyle and a range of other factors on these things.
- Living Costs and Food Survey list of datasets (previously known as Expenditure and Food Survey). A household expenditure survey with details about foods and beverages purchased.
- The annual Food Statistics Pocketbook provides a round-up of statistics on food covering the economic, social and environmental aspects of the food we eat (excluding agriculture).
- The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is an advisory Committee of independent experts that provides advice to the Department of Health as well as other government agencies and Departments. Its remit includes matters concerning nutrient content of individual foods, advice on diet and the nutritional status of people.
- The Eatwell Plate. The eatwell plate shows the different types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well balanced and healthy diet. Other healthy eating resources from NHS Choices can be found here.