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22/02 Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) – call for Local Authority Initiatives

22/02 Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) – call for Local Authority Initiatives

 Closes: 13:00 on 12 September 2022

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme are accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation. The shortlisted Expressions of Interest will be given to our Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) to co-produce research into.

They are inviting Local Authorities in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to submit an expression of interest to identify specific initiatives within their work programmes that will benefit from research or evaluation input. The PHR Programme has now appointed six fully-funded academic teams (SCPHRP is involved in PHIRST Fusion), ready to work in partnership with local authorities to co-design and undertake robust research on prioritised initiatives.

Examples of initiatives currently being evaluated through the PHIRST Scheme can be found via the Local Authority Research link on the PHR landing page.  SCPHRP has recently completed an evaluation of ‘No One Left Behind’ Fife – tackling employment issues in Scotland

The purpose of this call is to identify and prioritise local authority initiatives which have the potential to impact on health, and which require research input. We anticipate high demand and will prioritise local authority initiatives that:

  • are likely to lead to important impacts on population health
  • are likely to be widely generalisable
  • where there is an identified need for the initiative
  • where the initiative is readily evaluable
  • where the source of the initiative funding is identified and preferably secured
  • where research will provide timely evidence to underpin policy or practice
  • Please note, the research, but not the initiative itself, will be fully funded by the PHR Programme


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