Introducing the new UK hub for Systems science In Public health and Health Economic Research

In late 2019 SIPHER published its first article in Wellcome Open Research. The article shares our vision to shift from health policy to healthy public policy, where the wellbeing impacts of policies are a core consideration across government sectors. It sets out how we will work with Policy Partners to answer three research questions:

  1. How can we capitalise on recent advances in complex systems science and multi-criteria optimisation to maximise the health-generating potential of public policy?
  2. How can we design complex systems research processes, models and decision tools to be most useful to academic and policy audiences?
  3. Which pathways and strategies best translate complex systems science evidence into policy?

The SIPHER Team

The SIPHER team of researchers and policy makers is fully operational. Across 6 Universities and 3 Policy Partners we are a team of 54 people!

This includes our Directorate (Professor Petra Meier, Professor Robin Purshouse and Dr Lucy Gavens) 8 Workstrand Teams who focus on different methodological aspects of SIPHER’s work, Policy Topic Experts who work across the whole Consortium, and PhD Students and Specialty Registrars on placement with SIPHER.

The SIPHER team

To find out more about who is involved and their role in SIPHER see our team webpage:
sipher.ac.uk/team

Inclusive Growth Topic Advisory Group and Scientific Advisory Board Established

SIPHER’s research over the coming years will be guided by specialist advisory groups.

Scientific Advisory Board
Our international Scientific Advisory Board, Chaired by Professor Arpana Verma from the University of Manchester, will provide independent scientific advice on SIPHER’s novel interdisciplinary methods. The Membership of the Board is available here and the inaugural meeting will take place on Friday 19th June 2020.

The University of Sheffield

Inclusive Growth Topic Advisory Group
Chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake, our Inclusive Growth Topic Advisory Group will provide independent expert advice on SIPHER’s developing evidence on Inclusive Growth. The Membership of the Group will be announced soon and the inaugural meeting will take place on Friday 3rd July 2020 in Sheffield.

Systems Mapping Workshops

Systems mapping is an integral part of the SIPHER research process.

To develop systems maps we work together with a range of policy colleagues who each bring a different perspective and experience to the mapping process. Our first workshops, on Inclusive Growth, are scheduled for the 30th March in Greater Manchester and 29th April in Sheffield. Through these workshops each Policy Partner will develop a bespoke complex systems map for Inclusive Growth in their local area. This vital early step in our SIPHER approach underpins the subsequent stages of our work – evidence synthesis, data gathering, complex systems modelling and, ultimately, our decision support tools.

Greater Manchester Workshop on Participatory Systems Mapping

The SIPHER Blog

In January 2020 we launched our SIPHER blog.

This is a series of articles written by different members of the SIPHER team and designed to share the SIPHER perspective on topics we’re interested in. Recent posts include “Moving Towards a Wellbeing Economy” and “A complex systems take on Marmot 2020”.

Introducing the SIPHER Consortium

SIPHER goes virtual for our 1st Researcher Technical Meeting

On the 19th and 20th March 20 of our SIPHER researchers came together for a virtual meeting to learn more about each other’s research and how we will work together over the next 4.5 years.

Whilst it would have been great to get together in Sheffield, everyone engaged really positively with the virtual environment and we had a little bit of fun along the way. Topics of discussion included our Demonstrator Project, Systems Mapping Workshops and Inclusive Growth. We are looking forward to future virtual meetings to continue to learn and develop complex systems models for healthy public policy together

Researcher Technical Meeting March 2020