Pre-conference: Natural experimental evaluations for public policy and health systems: recent advances and updated guidance

Wednesday 9 November, 9:00 – 17:00 CET


Organised by:

EUPHA Research Pillar and EUPHA Public health epidemiology, Public health economics and Health services research sections; in collaboration with the UK Medical Research Council/National Institute of Health Research Expert Group on Natural Experimental Evaluations and MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom


Natural experimental evaluations for assessing the impacts of public policy on population health are needed to ensure decision makers can use the best research evidence available. Their use has proliferated in recent years, but key concepts and definitions remain contested. The Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research in the UK have commissioned an international expert group to update the MRC’s Guidance for Natural Experimental Evaluations. This workshop will begin with an interactive learning session in the morning, where the new guidance will be presented. The afternoon will showcase exemplar projects of natural experimental evaluations of public policy and health systems research. There will be an expert led discussion of the exemplar projects. This discussion will bring out learning from the morning sessions to demonstrate how the new concepts of the updated guidance can be applied in practice.

Target audience

Colleagues from the academic research, policy, and practitioner communities. Limited places for 50 people.  


  • Peter Craig, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • David Ogilvie, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Other speakers to be confirmed


The detailed programme will be available soon.


The registration fee is € 150 which includes networking lunch and refreshments. Number of registrations is limited to 50 people.