Special Issue "Development, Adaptation and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions: A Complex Systems Perspective"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
2. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
Interests: implementation science; intervention development; multi method process and outcome evaluations; stakeholder engagement; knowledge translation; evidence synthesis
Interests: development, adaptation and evaluation of public health interventions; implementation; evidence-informed practices in public health; systematic reviewing and guideline development in public health
In the last decades, there has been increased recognition of public health interventions being implemented and embedded within complex systems. A complex systems perspective highlights how interventions interact with, influence, and are influenced by the wider system in which they are delivered, regardless of whether they are simple (i.e., monocomponent) or complex (i.e., multicomponent) in design. In this view, public health interventions may impact a range of population health and nonhealth outcomes. Similarly, changes in population health may be brought about by interventions delivered through other sectors, such as education and social welfare. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the development, adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of public health interventions incorporating a complex systems perspective. We welcome papers related to any aspect of intervention research, including empirical studies, as well as debates and novel methodological approaches on how interventions are developed and coproduced in social systems involving many stakeholders, and how existing evidence-informed interventions are adapted to and implemented in new contexts, their (re) evaluation, as well as scale-up and uptake. We invite papers using a range of methods, including quantitative (e.g., natural experiments), qualitative (e.g., participatory action research), and mixed-method approaches, as well as innovative methods for the study of complex systems in public health.
Dr. Lisa Pfadenhauer
Dr. Ani Movsisyan
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- complex systems
- intervention development
- intervention adaptation
- population health
- multimethod research
- evidence-informed interventions