Professor Simon Murphy
Community public health improvement interventions
Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW)
Duration of Project
The Aim of the Project
The Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) is concerned with the development, strategic planning, delivery and evaluation of policies, services and interventions that directly or indirectly impact upon the health of the public in Wales at a community or population level.
PHIRN aims to improve research bids and support research projects to produce robust evidence and knowledge, which leads to more funding.
An Overview of the Project
PHIRN actively engages with a large and diverse network of academics, policy makers, practitioners and publics to facilitate a continuous process of:
- Identification and exploration of research priorities;
- Identification of teams with academic, policy and practitioner representation to take forward priority research projects;
- Exchange of new evidence, policy developments, and practitioner innovation;
- Exchange of innovative methodological approaches;
- Identification of innovations in policy and practice at an early stage in planning, maximizing the opportunities for ‘natural experiments’;
- Development of high quality research project protocols;
- Execution of funded research protocols.
PHIRN’s areas of expertise are:
- Preventive health;
- Health inequalities;
- Complex interventions in community based settings;
- Behaviour change;
- Children and young people
Within these areas PHIRN offers support to organisations, research teams and individuals to increase the quantity and quality of public health improvement research that is relevant to policy and practice.
Link to PHIRN staff publications: