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Research Strategy

Centre for Intervention Research in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention conducts controlled trials on innovative health promotion and disease prevention interventions and evaluates and studies the implementation of projects with known effects.
The centre's projects, which target the promotion of healthy habits, healthy settings and healthy living conditions, focus on reducing social inequality in health using the resources available in municipalities and other local settings. The projects are designed as controlled and, where possible, randomised trials to generate knowledge on effects at the highest possible level of evidence. Projects at both individual and contextual levels will be based on civil registration numbers to enable register-based follow-up on short-term and long-term effects. Behavioural changes and immediate health impacts will be assessed by means of objective measurements, tests and validated questionnaires.

Recognised planning models are used during planning and implementation to ensure high quality and transparency for the municipalities, relevant stakeholders and target groups involved. Implementation research and process evaluation is conducted for all studies in order to assess:

• the correlation between input and outcomes
• the opportunities for anchoring projects locally to ensure sustainability, which includes capacity building and ownership
• the scope for dissemination based on resources, and geographical and other contextual conditions influencing implementation


The objectives are:

• to build research capacity and competencies in the field of health promotion and disease prevention at the highest possible international level
• to create knowledge on the effect of local health promotion interventions
• to illustrate opportunities for and barriers to implementing health interventions
• to contribute to the further development of health promotion theory
• to develop methods for assessing the impact of projects in settings where randomisation and full control are difficult to achieve
• to develop tools for planning, implementing and documenting local projects

The Centre is funded by TrygFonden and the Danish Cancer Society
Statens Institut for Folkesundhed      Syddansk Universitet      Oester Farimagsgade 5A      DK - 1353 Copenhagen K