PHIRST Seminar: Creating a lasting legacy through evaluation

The next PHIRST seminar:
Creating a lasting legacy through evaluation
Thursday 25 April 2024, 2-4PM on Teams

PHIRST’s mission is to produce pragmatic, robust evaluations that are relevant for local government teams. A key aspect of this is applying theoretical evaluation techniques to real-world programmes.

Presentation slides can now be viewed here (PDF). Please note these are provided as a guide and author(s) may make changes ahead of the seminar.

In this session we will look at examples where PHIRST teams have developed tools and / or procedures as part of their evaluation that have continued to be used by local teams for long term benefit and impact. 

Public involvement and engagement is central to the PHIRST approach and is embedded in the development and implementation of each project. We define public involvement in research as research being actively carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. Members of the PHIRST Light Public Advisory Group will reflect on their experiences working on PHIRST evaluations. The different perspective they bring to the research and that impact that this has on both themselves and the project.

Chaired by Professor Elizabeth Orton, Chief Investigator for PHIRST Light, Professor of Public Health at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Public Health with Leicestershire County Council.

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Proposed Agenda:

14.00 – 14.15Welcome and Introduction.
Professor Elizabeth Orton
14.15 – 14.35The impact of a co-inquiry collaboration with frontline staff: refining stop smoking outreach in real-time
Evaluation project: The change from face-to-face to telephone specialist smoking cessation service and its effects on underserved communities in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Thomas Mills PHIRST South Bank & Ruth Dean Health Improvement Lead: Women’s Health and Partnerships, Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council.
14.35 – 14.55An evaluation of Southwark Council’s summer 2022 Holiday Activities
and Food programme
Leandro Garcia PHIRST Fusion & Anita Sewornu Southwark Council.
14.55 – 15.00Comfort Break
15.00 – 15.20The Impact of Patient and Public Engagement and Involvement.
Members of the PHIRST Light Public Advisory Group.
15.20 – 15.40Final questions and closing remarks.
Professor Elizabeth Orton.

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