This study aimed to understand more about how public health practitioners in London undertake alcohol licensing work and the factors that shape how they can influence licensing decisions.
July 2016 - May 2018
Methodological research to improve the analysis of natural experiments in public health: feasibility study and proof-of-principle with a special focus on alcohol licensing
Research Team: Dr Frank de Vocht, Professor Matthew Hickman, Professor Russ Jago, Professor Alan Brennan, Mr Colin Angus, Dr Penny Buykx, Dr Matt Egan, Professor Steven Cummings, Professor Eileen Kaner, Dr Emma Beard, Dr Jamie Brown & Professor Daniela De Angelis
Who's involved: University of Bristol, University of Sheffield, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Fuse, University College London & University of Cambridge
June 2017 - November 2018
In 2016, the costs of alcohol to the UK have been estimated to be somewhere between £21 and £52 billion.
This project aims to develop a tool which was used to estimate the impact of alcohol licensing policies on public health and crime across the country, to see if it can be used on a smaller scale to help practitioners in local authorities make decisions around public health interventions and alcohol licensing.
The research team will engage with stakeholders to identify interventions of interest, availability of data and select case study areas, and conduct simulation studies to evaluate the methodology, and define the type of data required for robust evaluation.
The outputs of this project will include a detailed assessment of local authority data availability and feasibility of the method, to assess whether such evaluations can generate answers to public health and alcohol licensing questions in a timely fashion. Robust case study evaluations will be provided and an outline for further research.