Innovative research methods

CEBI researchers are involved in both implementing and teaching innovative research methods, many of which represent cutting-edge methodological developments in the field of social policy and intervention.

Examples of such advanced research methods include the use of multi-level meta-analysis and individual participant data within systematic reviews, mixed-methods research that involve the iterative use of quantitative and qualitative data; observational studies using quasi-experimental designs (QED) such as instrumental variables; interrupted time-series; difference-in-difference; and synthetic controls.

CEBI researchers have contributed to the methodological development of research methods for intervention research in several areas including improving transparency and reporting standards (e.g. the expanded CONSORT statement); implementation science (e.g. Oxford Implementation Index); and the use of natural and quasi-experiments. This part of our work aims to improve the rigour and replicability of social intervention research to help improve the confidence policymakers and practitioners may place on research.



a. Reporting guidelines

b. Open science, replicability, transparency

c. Methods for evaluating complex population level interventions

d. Evidence synthesis (quantitative, qualitative, IPD meta-analysis, and mixed methods)

e. Translation of evidence-based interventions across contexts

f. Optimizing interventions

g. Taking evidence to scale


thees spreckelsen

Convenor: Thees Spreckelsen

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