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 2022/2023 programme covered several methods (see recordings & slides below). Learn more about how to use natural experiment methods to evaluate early years policies in our methods briefing.

We held a workshop on engaging the public with data in 2024 - details below.

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Workshop 4: Methods masterclass

Date: Thursday 1 June 2023, 12-1pm

Topic: Emulated targeted trials approach

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

Workshop 5: Methods showcase

Date: Monday 29 April 2024, 12-1.15pm

Topics: Public data, public voice: the role of public engagement and involvement in data-driven research (Elizabeth Nelson – ADR NI)

Public engagement and co-production with primary school children (Dr. Anna Pearce – University of Glasgow)

Workshop 1: Methods showcase

Date: 28 September 2022, 10am-12pm

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

Workshop 2: Methods showcase

Date: 5 October 2022, 10am-12pm

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

Workshop 3: Methods masterclass

Date: 2 November 2022, 10am-12pm

Topics: 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)