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Several MatCHNet resources are listed below including recent publications, links to presentations and our engagement activities.

About MatCHNet

An introduction to MatCHNet

– Our interim research manifesto

Published research framework

– A summary of MatCHNet’s members and stakeholders

Podcast on MatCHNet’s activity and progress (2023)

Recent Publications

Journal papers

1. Identifying opportunities for upstream evaluations relevant to child and maternal health: a UK policy-mapping review, Archives of Disease in Childhood (2023)

2. Using administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on child and maternal health: a research framework from the Maternal and Child Health Network (MatCHNet), Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health (2023)

Policy reports and briefings

  1. Welfare grants in pregnancy and early childhood (5-page briefing, 12-page report)
  2. Early years education and childcare (5-page briefing, 15-page report)
  3. Universal Credit and welfare policies (5-page briefing, 18-page report)

Data briefings

  1. Child health inequalities and data linkage (5 pages)

Methods briefings

  1. Briefing 1 (10 pages)


– Podcasts: 15 minutes on Health Inequalities (MatCHNet – April 2023; Baby Boxes in Finland and Scotland – July 2023)

MatCHNet at European Public Health Week (May 2022)

Evidence Week in Holyrood March 2022 (link to short video presentation)

– UKPRP Health and Early Years Webinar (October 2021)

Policy prioritisation presentation to the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health 2021 virtual meeting

Engagement Activities

– Consultation responses (Work and Pensions Committee – Children in Poverty 2021); (ESRC Data Infrastructure Strategy 2021)

– Summaries of stakeholder consultation on policy priorities (March 2021); (June 2021)

Data dive event – May 2021

Public engagement resources

  1. Data Detective Game (alpha version – we welcome your feedback)
  2. Data Detective Game Downloads
  3. Debate kits

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