Maternal and Child Health Network (MatCHNet): Methods Workshops 

MatCHNet runs online interactive workshops to showcase natural experiment methods that can be used to evaluate policies in the early years. Expert speakers lead the discussion of study design, methods, and limitations.

The Autumn 2022 programme covered several methods (see recordings and slides below).

Learn more about how to use natural experiment methods to evaluate early years policies in our methods briefing.

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Workshop 4: Methods masterclass

Date: Thursday 1st June 2023, 12-1pm

Topic: Emulated targeted trials approach

Speaker: Prof. Bianca de Stavola (University College London)

Registration: details coming soon

Workshop 1: Methods showcase

Date: 28th of September 2022, 10am-12pm

Topic: Interrupted time series/synthetic controls (Dr. Andy Baxter/Dr. Ronan McCabe, University of Glasgow)

Presentation slides

1. Interrupted time series (Dr Andy Baxter)

2. Synthetic controls (Dr Ronan McCabe)

Workshop 2: Methods showcase

Date: 5th of October 2022, 10am-12pm

Topic: Using propensity score analysis to evaluate interventions (Prof. Katie Harron, UCL)

Presentation slides

Available as a PDF.

Workshop 3: Methods masterclass

Date: 2nd of November 2022, 10am-12pm

Topic: Modelling the long-term impacts of childhood interventions on health, wellbeing and inequality (Prof. Richard Cookson, University of York)

Using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions: new guidance (Prof. Peter Craig, University of Glasgow)

Presentation slides

1. Modelling the long-term impacts of childhood interventions (Professor Richard Cookson)

2. Natural experimental evaluations – new guidance (Professor Peter Craig)