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Developing tools to aid local authority decision making

This research will evaluate the new prioritisation framework tool informed by SPHR research and evaluate its impact on local authority decision-making when it comes to investment and disinvestment decisions.

October 2017 - September 2018

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Supporting public health commissioners in priority setting to improve population health and address health inequalities

This study aimed to provide tailored health economics support to three local authorities and evaluate its impact by using a range of methods.

November 2012 - August 2015

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Exploring community engagement in local alcohol decision making

This study will explore the range of ways community members can engage with local authorities and influence decisions around alcohol policy in the local area.

February 2018 - November 2018

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Evaluating local authority funding cuts and their consequences for health inequalities

This research aims to prepare the ground for future work assessing how public spending cuts impact on local housing provision and services, particularly those affecting people on low incomes. This work will examine how English local authorities meet the housing needs of disadvantaged residents during the ongoing period of economic hardship and public sector ‘austerity’.

April 2018 - March 2019

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Shaping a ‘healthier food environment’

This research aims to identify, map and explore the use of policy levers and interventions that can be used to influence population health change, in the common local food system across English Local Authorities (LA).

July 2018 - June 2019

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How does reducing the cost of local authority leisure facilities impact health inequalities?

SPHR researchers investigated whether concessionary prices or free access to leisure supported people to participate in physical activity across several areas in North West England.

October 2014 - January 2017

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Evaluating Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke-on-Trent

This project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke on Trent to see if it was an effective way to reduce children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and make homes smoke free.

September 2016 - April 2018

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How are priority-setting tools used in local government?

A new report has been published from a follow on study looking at the decision making tools used by local authorities to prioritise spending.

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