Pre-conference: Establishing the effectiveness of complex health promotion interventions: shining light on alternatives

Tuesday 12 November, 9:00 – 17:00 Lisbon time (including network lunch)

Organised by

EUPHA Health promotion section


A large share of the programmes and policies developed by field workers to cater to the specific needs of local populations are not amenable to the evaluation methods and designs that are considered the gold standards by the scientific communities (i.e. RCTs.). This is a major impediment to the development and improvement of local programmes that are accounting for the specific resources and barriers found locally and that adopt a participatory strategy. In this pre-conference, we will explore alternatives to the dominant epistemological and methodological perspectives on establishing the effectiveness of complex programmes. Through lectures on the epistemological and methodological perspectives driving new evaluative approaches, presentations of real-life experiences, and small-group discussions, this dynamic preconference will offer a wealth of ideas and knowledge to public health professionals and researchers and provide them opportunities to build collaborations. Material presented during this pre-conference and consensus forged among the participants will feed into the writing of a statement/ paper on the same topic.


The programme of the pre-conference will follow shortly.


The registration fee is EUR 150. Networking lunch and refreshments are included. Number of registrations is limited to 40 persons.