Dr Peter Craig , research lead on Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, co-lead of the Inequalities Programme at the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU).
Peter uses natural experiments and other methods to evaluate the impacts of public policies and other complex interventions on health and health inequalities. He is particularly interested in social protection policies, but has also researched many other kinds of intervention, from prison smoking bans to rabies prevention. His work spans both high income and low-middle income countries. He is the lead author of the MRC’s guidance on using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions and was part of the team behind the recent update of the MRC/NIHR framework for evaluating complex interventions. Before joining the University of Glasgow, he spent 25 years working in central government, first in Whitehall and then in the Scottish Government. His experience of working in both academic and non-academic settings underpins his conviction that evaluation, to be most useful, should be designed and planned jointly by producers and users of research evidence.