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This research funded under the SPHR alcohol programme will produce and evaluate evidence on local authority approaches to alcohol-related harm reduction.

Who is undertaking the research?

This strand of research for the alcohol programme is being undertaken in partnership between University of Bristol, LiLaC, the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Researchers at LiLaC are carrying out case studies with local authorities in the North West of England.

Why has this research been developed?

It is hard to find locality-specific evidence about what policies and interventions are effective in reducing alcohol-related harms. The research study attempts to address this by:

  • Understanding the development and implementation of local authority alcohol harm reduction strategies;
  • Identifying local requirements for evidence and evaluation;
  • Producing a local authority adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Modelling.

How will the research be carried out?

There are three inter-linked strands of work for this research programme:

  1. Engage with local authorities and other stakeholders to understand current approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm along with identifying local evaluation and evidence requirements;
  2. Develop and pilot a local authority adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Modelling (SAPM) to facilitate local authorities in making public health investment decisions;
  3. Undertake co-produced evaluations of alcohol harm reduction activities and interventions with selected local authority partners.

What will the research provide?

A range of outputs will be produced including a report on current policies and interventions to reduce alcohol related harms and a series of guidance documents for practitioners on evaluations of local alcohol interventions by local authorities.

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