System-science Informed Public Health and Economic Research for Non-communicable Disease Prevention (the SIPHER Consortium)

Abstract

THE PROBLEM
There is strong evidence that the social and economic conditions in which we grow, live, work and age determine our health to a much larger degree than lifestyle choices. These social determinants of health, such as income, good quality homes, education or work, are not distributed equally in society, which leads to health inequalities. However, we know very little about how specific policies influence the social conditions to prevent ill health and reduce health inequalities. Also, most social determinants of health are the responsibility of policy sectors other than "health", which means policymakers need to promote health in ALL their policies if they are to have a big impact on health. SIPHER will provide new scientific evidence and methods to support such a shift from "health policy" to "healthy public policy".

OUR POLICY FOCUS
We will work with three policy partners at local, regional and national level to tackle their above-average chronic disease burden and persistent health inequalities: Sheffield City Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Scottish Government. We will focus on four jointly agreed policy priorities for good health:
- Creating a fairer economy
- Promoting mental wellbeing
- Providing affordable, good quality housing
- Preventing long-term effects of difficult childhoods.

OUR COMPLEX SYSTEMS SCIENCE APPROACH
Each of the above policy areas is a complex political system with many competing priorities, where policy choices in one sector (e.g. housing) can have large unintended effects in others (e.g. poverty). There is often no "correct" solution because compromises between different outcomes require value judgements. This means that to assess the true benefits and costs of a policy in relation to health, policy effects and their interdependencies need to be assessed across a wide range of possible outcomes. However, no policymaker has knowledge of the whole system and future economic and political developments are uncertain. Ongoing monitoring of expected and unexpected effects of policies and other system changes is crucial so failing policies can be revised or dropped.

We propose to use complex systems modelling, which has been developed to understand and make projections of what might happen in complex systems given different plausible assumptions about future developments. Our models will be underpinned by the best available data and prior research in each policy area. Our new evidence about likely policy effects across a wide range of outcomes will help policy partners decide between alternative policies, depending on how important different outcomes are to them (e.g. improving health or economic growth). We will develop support tools that can visualise the forecasts, identify policies that achieve the desired balance between competing outcomes and update recommendations when new information emerges. Whilst new to public health policy, these methods are well-established in engineering and climate science.

We will
1. Work with policy partners to understand the policy systems and evidence needs
2. Bring together existing data and evidence on each policy system (e.g. links between policies and outcomes, interdependencies between outcomes)
3. Explore citizens' preferences for prioritising when not all outcomes can be achieved
4. Link policies and their health and non-health effects in computer models to analyse benefits and costs over time
5. Build an interactive tool to help policy decision-making, inform advocacy action and support political debate.

SIPHER's MAIN OUTCOME
We will provide policymakers with a new methodology that allows them to estimate the health-related costs and benefits of policies that are implemented outside the health sector. This will be useful to our partners, and others, who want to assess how scarce public sector resources can be spent to maximise the health and wellbeing benefits from all their activities.

Technical Summary

BACKGROUND: Systems science reframes public policies as active components of a complex, dynamic, policy system that includes mechanisms such as feedback between interrelated effects, effect delay and system adaptation. In public health, systems science has challenged and helped to change infectious disease policy, including vaccination strategies for poliomyelitis and measles. However, it has not yet realised its potential impact on non-communicable disease (NCD) policy, in part due to a lack of compatible methods to appraise policy effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.

VISION: SIPHER will be a world-leading centre of excellence for innovative, public health and health economics focused systems science. During UKPRP, it will catalyse a shift from health policies to whole-systems, healthy public policy.

THEORY OF CHANGE: SIPHER's policy partners seek to reduce NCDs and health inequalities (HI) by incorporating health considerations into non-health sectors. Academic and policy partners will co-produce complex systems decision modelling and evaluate its effectiveness in supporting policy design in four focus areas: inclusive economic growth; housing; adverse childhood experiences; and mental health.

RESEARCH: Eight interwoven workstrands will investigate: how policymakers think about and use evidence; iterative evidence synthesis; working securely with sensitive data and building simulated populations; individual- and population-level dynamic models; values and preferences for equitable outcomes; identification of win-wins, best-buys, and adaptable policies across sectors; process evaluation.

USER ENGAGEMENT: Co-production across local, regional and national government and knowledge transfer support by influential partners.

BENEFITS: SIPHER will deliver scalable and transferable methods and tools to design, target, advocate for, implement and monitor policy strategies that maximise NCD prevention and health inequality reductions.

This grant is funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) which is administered by the Medical Research Council on behalf of the UKPRP's 12 funding partners: British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Economic and Social Research Council; Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Welsh Government; Health and Social Care Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; Medical Research Council; Natural Environment Research Council; National Institute for Health Research; The Health Foundation; The Wellcome Trust.

Planned Impact

THE PUBLIC
SIPHER's ultimate beneficiaries will be communities, initially in our partner jurisdictions and then more widely, through reductions in NCDs and health inequalities, and associated increases in wellbeing, resulting from the more evidence-informed, joined-up approaches to decision-making and policy debate that our research enables.

POLICY MAKERS, POLICY ADVISORS AND POLICY ANALYSTS
SIPHER's consortium members include policy organisations who wish to develop cost-effective and implementable policy proposals that maximise gains across various policy priorities, including reducing NCDs and health inequalities. SIPHER supports our policy colleagues by addressing four central problems that have restricted UK policy progress despite a strong and growing evidence-base about the upstream causes of ill health:
1) Policy makers struggle to articulate and defend the case for taking upstream, equity orientated action to prevent downstream health crises. Combining policy studies, public health, economic and modelling expertise, SIPHER will address this by two key means: a) working in close partnership with policy organisations (e.g. embedding SIPHER analysts) to provide policy makers with a trusted and accessible means of demonstrating the the costs and benefits of specific upstream preventative policy options compared to more downstream, responsive activities; and b) providing new evidence of public preferences regarding necessary trade-offs between different policy options and across relevant health and non-health outcomes, enabling advisors to provide policy makers with a more informed sense of likely public responses.
2) Policy makers repeatedly bemoan the lack of evidence on 'best buys' for policy investment, particularly in conditions of uncertainty. SIPHER will transform the policy utility of available evidence: it brings together what scientists, policy makers and communities know about a policy area, and uses models to test causal pathways and provide the kind of quantified projections that policymakers seek. This enables them to assess multiple different scenarios where major uncertainties about future developments (e.g. Brexit) exist, and adapt policies as uncertainties resolve.
3) While the complexity and interdependencies of systems linking upstream determinants to health outcomes are widely recognised, decision-makers often regard this complexity as difficult to navigate and therefore paralysing. Our systems science approach captures the dynamics of systems in our policy areas to facilitate joined-up decision-making and budget allocations through making visible the simultaneous impacts of policy options on multiple cross-sectoral policy outcomes.
4) Policy actors consistently cite the lack of timeliness of research as a key barrier to its use. The flexible, adaptive nature of our modelling will enable SIPHER to provide policy projections that can be rapidly adjusted to incorporate shifts in policy context and priorities.

POLITICIANS, PUBLIC HEALTH NGOs AND INTEREST GROUPS
Politicians, NGOs and others (e.g. media, professional bodies) will be able to access, independently assess and employ SIPHER's outputs, tools, and evidence base via the familiar channels of our KT partners (including PHE, LGA, NHSHS), enabling advocacy efforts for policy options that are demonstrably good for public health. Given the crucial role of politics and interests in decision-making, SIPHER's efforts to ensure that these wider policy networks can understand, access and employ our outputs will be crucial to achieving long-term impacts in hotly contested policy areas.

SCIENTISTS AND ANALYSTS
Having shown the policy utility of systems science, SIPHER will scale up its impact ambitions radiating from our investigator's networks to embed our freely accessible methods and tools into policy analysis across and beyond the UK, helping others carry out research to realise widespread reductions in NCDs and health inequalities.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description All Member Briefing: Wellbeing Economy and Community Wealth Building (Clackmannanshire Council)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meeting/1/1046/6880.pdf
 
Description Contribution to Paper on the Social Determinants of Health for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://appg-longevity.org/health-of-the-nation
 
Description Influence on Sheffield City Council's Covid recovery coordination planning
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description SIPHER Response to DHSC Consultation on "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s
 
Description ACSE PhD Studentship
Amount £69,018 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Description ACSE PhD Studentship
Amount £69,018 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 03/2024
 
Description Inclusive Growth Expert Research Capacity
Amount £6,920 (GBP)
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Leeds PhD Studentship
Amount £63,861 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description QR Strategic Priorities Fund (KE Delivery)
Amount £145,835 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Research England
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 03/2020
 
Description Quantifying Utility and Privacy Preservation in Synthetic Populations (QUiPP)
Amount £408,611 (GBP)
Funding ID TPS2019\100019 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description ScHARR PhD Studentship
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 03/2024
 
Description Strathclyde PhD Studentship
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Strathclyde 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Title SIPHER Wellbeing and Equivalent Income Discrete Choice Experiment 
Description Since SIPHER-7 is multi-dimensional, we cannot judge if somebody's situation is getting better, if at least one dimension improves while another declines. In order to collapse the seven dimensions into one number, based on the preferences of the members of the public, we conducted a discrete choice experiment (DCE) via an online survey. The DCE data will allow us to calculate the relative importance of each SIPHER-7 dimension, and to convert the level of wellbeing associated with any outcome state described in terms of SIPHER-7 into a money metric known as "equivalent income". Equivalent income is an interpersonally comparable preference-based measure of wellbeing. Equivalent income of a given outcome state can be expressed as: the amount of income that, if combined with the best levels of non-income dimensions, is as good as the outcome state in question. None of the categories above are appropriate for this tool that we have developed, however the choice we have made (physiological assessment or outcome measure) seems the closest fit. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None at the moment. A manuscript outlining the process of development for submission to a peer reviewed scientific journal is currently in preparation. 
 
Title SIPHER-7 
Description In SIPHER, we assume wellbeing is multi-dimensional. Through consultation within the SIPHER team (including the policy partners), we have agreed to focus on seven domains (the effect of physical health, the effect of mental health, feeling lonely and excluded, household disposable income after housing costs, main daily activity, quality of the house, and the safety of the neighbourhood). This set of outcome measures has been named SIPHER-7. SIPHER-7 is a research tool to measure and understand wellbeing outcomes. None of the categories above are appropriate for this tool that we have developed, however the choice we have made (physiological assessment or outcome measure) seems the closest fit. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None at the moment. A report outlining the process of development of the SIPHER-7 is currently in preparation. 
 
Description Barnsley Shaping Health Places 
Organisation Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution SIPHER is working with Dr Adam Whitworth in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield to co-develop a Shaping Health Places bid with Barnsley Council. Collaborative conversations to date have focused on how we can better connect health and wider social determinants in an area of Barnsley with significant and entrenched problems to drive system change. SIPHER is contributing expertise around participatory systems mapping and theory of change.
Collaborator Contribution Barnsley are leading the development of an integrated system of work-health interventions to improve sustained employment to improve mental and physical health.
Impact We are currently developing a Stage 2 proposal to submit to the Health Foundation and Local Government Association.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration on an evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit 
Organisation Manchester University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier provides intellectual input to the collaboration and ensures alignment to SIPHER's work on the health impacts of the economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. She will sit on the Science Advisory Board for the research.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of expertise and intellectual input.
Impact Successful NIHR funding application for 'Evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit: a mixed methods study'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration on an evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier provides intellectual input to the collaboration and ensures alignment to SIPHER's work on the health impacts of the economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. She will sit on the Science Advisory Board for the research.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of expertise and intellectual input.
Impact Successful NIHR funding application for 'Evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit: a mixed methods study'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration on an evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier provides intellectual input to the collaboration and ensures alignment to SIPHER's work on the health impacts of the economic shock associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. She will sit on the Science Advisory Board for the research.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of expertise and intellectual input.
Impact Successful NIHR funding application for 'Evaluation of the mental health impacts of Universal Credit: a mixed methods study'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with Dr Yannish Naik, Specialty Registrar in Public Health in Yorkshire and Humber 
Organisation Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As described below under outputs, Petra Meier is now the lead supervisor for a Research Fellowship for Health Professionals in Humanities and Social Science application. Visakan Kadirkamanathan is the second supervisor. Meier and Kadirkamanathan have both contributed intellectual input to the development of the work and will provide ongoing intellectual input, staff training and access to wider resources through the SIPHER Consortium.
Collaborator Contribution Over the past 12 months Yannish Naik has worked with SIPHER WS2 to develop complex evidence review methodologies and is supporting the team to test out those methods using a case study review on work and health. Yannish has also collaborated with the SIPHER team to deliver our systems mapping workshops and in the development of our causal system dynamics research in WS4. During this time Yannish has developed his research fellowship application which is closely aligned to SIPHER and will be embedded within our research programme if successful.
Impact The collaboration between Yannish Naik and SIPHER resulted in a Research Fellowship for Health Professionals in Humanities and Social Science application titled 'Macroeconomic modelling for health, health equity and environment'. Unfortunately the application was unsuccessful. Yannish and SIPHER are keen to continue to collaborate in the future as opportunities emerge.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKPRP Networks and Consortia to establish a Community of Practice 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lucy Gavens has worked with Niamh Fitzgerald and Ruth Dundas to lead the Networks and Consortia to develop a UKPRP Community of Practice. The primary contributions include intellectual input and time and resource to pull together the collaborating partners.
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise.
Impact We submitted a funding bit to the UKPRP in October 2020, which was successful. The Community of Practice launched in January 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with UKPRP Networks and Consortia to establish a Community of Practice 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lucy Gavens has worked with Niamh Fitzgerald and Ruth Dundas to lead the Networks and Consortia to develop a UKPRP Community of Practice. The primary contributions include intellectual input and time and resource to pull together the collaborating partners.
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input and expertise.
Impact We submitted a funding bit to the UKPRP in October 2020, which was successful. The Community of Practice launched in January 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with University of Sydney 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual input and expertise to conversations exploring the potential of expanding an interactive platform (Health Minister for a Day) developed at the University of Sydney to SIPHER's tools to enable innovative policy maker and public engagement.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in and sharing of the interactive platform, developed by the computer science department at the University of Sydney together with their public health department.
Impact Collaborative conversations have encouraged SIPHER to think innovatively around how we can engage with publics as SIPHER develops. SIPHER's tools were not at the right stage to collaborate with the team in Sydney on Health Minister for a Day, but we have learned a lot about how these process can work, what is required for success and how we might look for similar opportunities in the future.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Ongoing Collaboration with CSART 
Organisation CSART
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are working closely with Professor Jo-An Atkinson at the University of Sydney in developing CSART, a not-for-profit transdisciplinary organization working to integrate health and social sciences with computational modelling, data science and systems science.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of expertise and intellectual input into the development of our research
Impact We are developing a proposal with Jo-An (CSART Managing Director) & colleagues in the US to use systems science to understand the impacts of Covid-19 on mental wellbeing. We are now jointly supervising a PhD student based at University of Glasgow in the Systems Science Programme and SIPHER, working on mental health system dynamic modelling.
Start Year 2019
 
Description SIPHER-Clackmannanshire Council Collaboration 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Clackmannanshire Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution SIPHER is working with Clackmannanshire (Clacks) Council as a case study for the Scottish Government. The collaboration began in summer 2020 and to date our work together has focused on understanding how we can support each other in the inclusive growth agenda. In November 2020 we co-hosted a systems mapping workshop with Clacks Council to map the inclusive growth/economy systems. We anticipate that this will be just the first step in our collaborative relationship.
Collaborator Contribution Clacks Council are facilitating the use of their local area as a case study for SIPHER and actively participated in the design and delivery of the participatory systems mapping workshop in November 2020. In December 2020 the results were presented to, and very well received by, local politicians including the Leader of the Labour Party at Clackmannanshire Council in an All Party Parliamentary Briefing on the Wellbeing Economy and Community Wealth Building. Clacks Council are now using the map to inform conversations around financial planning in Clacks for 2021 and beyond.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary, multi-sector collaboration between Clacks Council, the Scottish Government and SIPHER researchers (including public health, engineers, social policy researchers). The participatory systems map is now close to completion and is being using in ongoing conversations to inform systems thinking in Clacks Council and financial planning for 2021 onwards.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding the impact of Covid on inequalities in mental health 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier, Bambra Lomax and Heppenstall contributed intellectual input and expertise to the development of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators have contributed expertise and intellectual input, as well as access to data and existing tools.
Impact Grant application to The Health Foundation for 'Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: A microsimulation model'. Application submitted to https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/covid-19-research-programme in August 2020. This application was successful and is listed under 'Further Funding'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding the impact of Covid on inequalities in mental health 
Organisation University of Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier, Bambra Lomax and Heppenstall contributed intellectual input and expertise to the development of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators have contributed expertise and intellectual input, as well as access to data and existing tools.
Impact Grant application to The Health Foundation for 'Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: A microsimulation model'. Application submitted to https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/covid-19-research-programme in August 2020. This application was successful and is listed under 'Further Funding'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding the impact of Covid on inequalities in mental health 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier, Bambra Lomax and Heppenstall contributed intellectual input and expertise to the development of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators have contributed expertise and intellectual input, as well as access to data and existing tools.
Impact Grant application to The Health Foundation for 'Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: A microsimulation model'. Application submitted to https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/covid-19-research-programme in August 2020. This application was successful and is listed under 'Further Funding'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding the impact of Covid on inequalities in mental health 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Meier, Bambra Lomax and Heppenstall contributed intellectual input and expertise to the development of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators have contributed expertise and intellectual input, as well as access to data and existing tools.
Impact Grant application to The Health Foundation for 'Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: A microsimulation model'. Application submitted to https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/covid-19-research-programme in August 2020. This application was successful and is listed under 'Further Funding'.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Attendance at the monthly Turing Urban Analytics group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Monthly meeting and exchange of ideas about research funding and development of ideas for the Turing Urban Analytics programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021,2022
 
Description Centre for Progressive Policy Inclusive Growth Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel discussion with SIPHER's contribution focused on the topic 'Increasing healthy life expectancy: a proxy for inclusive growth in action?'. Short presentation followed by a discussion, question and answer session with members of the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.progressive-policy.net/events/igconf2019
 
Description Clackmannanshire Inclusive Economy Participatory Systems Mapping Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 40 participants attended this participatory systems mapping workshop to map the inclusive economy system in Clackmannanshire. Since the workshop the map has been used to inform an All Party Briefing on the Wellbeing Economy and Community Wealth Building, with the Leader of the Labour Party in Clackmannanshire advising us that this work has helped local decision makers to understand the complexity of poverty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conservative Party Conference Fringe Event hosted by the Centre for Progressive Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A fringe event on Inclusive Growth at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester in October 2019. Lots of using contacts made and interesting discussion about use of language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Developing a synthetic population for the England 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion with Public Health England to explore similarities and differences in our approach to developing a synthetic dataset for England. Medium term plan made to continue to share work and to learn from each to further develop our models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Discussion of the current use of decision support tools in Sheffield City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 8 people joined this session to explore the current use of decision support tools to inform policy making in Sheffield City Council, and aspirations for the SIPHER decision support tool. The session sparked a number of questions and is informing the development of a SIPHER white paper on decision support for systems science in public health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Expert Data Advisor: JBC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I am an invited expert on the JBC panel advising on data and methods used to analyse COVID data. This feeds directly into the SAGE group and government policy on COVID.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-biosecurity-centre
 
Description Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Population Health Strategic Management Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SIPHER presentation to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Population Health Managers. Resulted in the planning of a systems mapping session to capture health and social care perspectives within the GM inclusive economy systems map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Greater Manchester Inclusive Economy Participatory Systems Mapping Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 15 participants attended an initial participatory systems mapping workshop to map the inclusive economy system in Greater Manchester. Since the workshop we have held follow up sessions with policy officers in specific fields - health, transport, etc - and are currently finalising the map to share with GM colleagues to support conversations around the inclusive economy system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Inclusive Economy Advisory Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact SIPHER's Inclusive Economies Advisory Group will meet regularly to provide expert advice to our developing research in the field of inclusive economies. The Group is chaired by Lord Kerslake and met for the first time in October 2020. The discussion revolved around SIPHER's inclusive economy research plans and presentations sparked interesting questions. Many participants, who are senior representative from their organisations (e.g. JRF, Northern Powerhouse Partnership, CIPFA), offered to link up separately outside of the biannual Advisory Group meeting to support SIPHER's development. The group had now met 3 times and is due to meet again in April 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
 
Description Invitation to present to Clackmannanshire Council's 'Be the Future' meeting on Community Wealth Building 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to inform discussion and decision making at a council meeting of elected members in Clackmannanshire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.clacks.gov.uk/council/press/?release=4400
 
Description Invited presentation of a systems science approach to health and wellbeing in all policies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Inaugural presentation to introduce SIPHER to a wide range of researchers and students at the University of Glasgow, and to share ambitions for future development in this area. It generated significant interest in the work of SIPHER and the UKPRP and as a result we have started to develop new research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Meeting about Systems Mapping with Tower Hamlets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Supported Tower Hamlets to upskill in systems mapping to support the development of a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy. We provided bespoke training and advice to local practitioners, who then used and adapted as appropriate for a series of workshops in early 2021. We received feedback that the systems mapping was a success thanks to the quick, interactive training we were able to provide to the local public health team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
 
Description Looking Back Looking Forwards: Learning Together for Wider Non-Communicable Disease Prevention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Introduced policy and non-governmental organisation colleagues working at a local level in Scotland to SIPHER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.rehis.com/event/scottish-government-looking-back-looking-forwards-learning-together-wide...
 
Description Meeting to discuss Public Mental Health work with colleagues in the Scottish Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss proposed work across Public Mental Health and Inclusive Growth with colleagues in the Scottish Government. Good connections made for future SIPHER activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting to explore collaboration between SIPHER and Clackmannanshire Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion to explore collaboration with Clackmannanshire Council in Scotland. The conversation was productive and SIPHER is now collaborating closely with Clackmannanshire Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting to explore collaboration between SIPHER and the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion of how the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network and SIPHER can work closely together and learn from one another. The BSPHN has valuable links to practitioners across the UK that SIPHER can link to. We also shared opportunities to collaborate. As a result of the meeting both the BSPHN and Hertfordshire County Council joined SIPHER as Practice Partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with South Yorkshire Police 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss how SIPHER and South Yorkshire Police can work together. Explored topics of mutual interest and ways to share data and expertise across teams. Agreed actions to further develop the relationship and share knowledge, including an invitation to share our work with inspectors across South Yorkshire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with the Scottish Government to explore the Triple I Tool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with colleagues from the Scottish Government to explore their Triple I Tool and outline SIPHER modelling plans. Useful links made and valuable follow up conversations planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Regular Meetings with Public Health Scotland Wellbeing Economy Colleagues 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To share work on understanding and developing inclusive growth indicators between PHS and SIPHER. In early sessions we discussed SIPHER's work to date on inclusive economy indicators. We now meet regularly to share learning in this policy space. Since the initial meeting we have agreed to support the development of two additional projects of mutual benefit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
 
Description SIPHER Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We launched a SIPHER blog in January 2020. The blog will provide regular updates from SIPHER team members on different aspects of our research, and it is tailored to a policy maker audience. We advertise the blog through Twitter and LinkedIn to reach different audiences. We have now published 14 individual blog posts on our website including several that are focussed on the impact of Covid-19 on health inequalities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
URL https://sipher.ac.uk/sipher-blog/
 
Description SIPHER Bulletin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The SIPHER Bulletin is a regular newsletter that we use to share updates from our work including our research findings, upcoming events and impacts on policy development. For more information see here: https://sipher.ac.uk/sipher_bulletin/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
URL https://sipher.ac.uk/sipher_bulletin/
 
Description SIPHER Consortium Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event organised by SIPHER to formally launch the Consortium in November 2019. 70 people attended from over 20 government and third sector organisations across England and Scotland. The event raised awareness of our research and sparked interest from a number of policy colleagues who have since request further information or follow-up meetings to discuss potential collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SIPHER Presentation to the Sheffield City Partnership Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SIPHER presentation and discussion at the Sheffield City Partnership Board. SIPHER was very well received and following the meetings we had requests for meetings from the Police, Police & Crime Commissioner and Sheffield City Region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scientific Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SIPHER's Scientific Advisory Board meets annually to provide expert advice to our developing modelling work. The Group is chaired by Professor Arpana Verma at the University of Manchester and met for the first time in November 2020. The discussions revolved around SIPHER's methodological developments in the field of inclusive economy. Many participants, who are senior researchers and policy influencers around the world, offered to link up separately outside of the meeting to support SIPHER's development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Scottish Community Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Community Panels are made up of local people with lived experience of the policy areas we study in SIPHER, who meet to scrutinise and feedback on the research as it progresses. The Scottish Panel is delivered in partnership with Fife Voluntary Action and ran over two 90 minute sessions in October 2020. The panel will meet twice yearly for the duration of SIPHER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021,2022
 
Description Sheffield Health and Wellbeing Board (November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion of SIPHER components-of-wellbeing. Board members contributed to an active discussion and gave advice on the future development of SIPHER.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sheffield Inclusive Economy Participatory Systems Mapping Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 20 participants attended a participatory systems mapping workshop to map the inclusive economy system in Sheffield. Since the workshop we have finalised the systems map and shared the product with policy makers in the authority to inform conversations about policy development that supports an inclusive economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Turing workshop on reproducibility 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organiser of the "Reliability and reproducibility in computational science: Implementing verification, validation and uncertainty quantification in silico" workshop.

As a result of this event, I discussed methods with Prof Peter Challenor (Exeter) and wrote and submitted a Turing grant on Uncertainty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/events/reliability-and-reproducibility-computational-science