Updated Guidance: Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions (draft)
    Open Consultation (Friday 22nd March - Friday 5th April 2019)
      DISCLAIMER: This is an early consultation draft of the guidance. Consultation with stakeholders is an important part of the process, intended to gather feedback on key developments within the guidance. As such, some areas of the text are less well-developed, some may be too detailed, and the reference list is not comprehensive. We expect to make substantial changes based on feedback. In particular, we intend to present content in a way that makes it accessible to a broad range of stakeholders. Any suggestions on how to do this are welcome. All consultation responses will be made available at the time of publication. Responses are anonymous.
        SUGGESTION: When reading the guidance you may find it helpful to think about the issues presented in relation to a project you have recently worked on. We will be interested to receive feedback on how you applied the guidance to your work.
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            Q1. Please indicate which stakeholder category you belong to.
            Please tick ALL that apply

            Q2. What is your main field of expertise?
            Please tick ALL that apply

            Q3. Figure 2: This diagram presents the key elements for developing and evaluating complex interventions. Is this diagram a useful way of capturing the research process (please elaborate)?

            Q4. Definition of complexity and research perspectives: The updated guidance presents a new definition of complexity, and suggests different perspectives of the research process. How useful is it to have the framework for addressing complexity presented in this way?

            Q5. Figure 3. This figure relates to the concept of using different research perspectives (as noted in Q3). Does Figure 3 make sense (please elaborate)?

            Q6. Missing elements: If you think there are key elements missing from the guidance, can you briefly outline what they are?

            Q7. Signposting to other guidance: We are keen to signpost to further guidance where appropriate. If we have missed any specific guidance that may be helpful to readers can you please note it here, thank you.

            Q8. Clarity: Was anything in the guidance particularly unclear (please elaborate)?

            Q9. Case studies We are collating case studies to include in the guidance. We would welcome suggestions in the following areas:

                                •  Modifying interventions to improve their intervention design and/or evaluation design

                                •  The use of programme theory throughout the research process

                                •  Involvement of stakeholders throughout the research process

                                •  Economic considerations throughout the research process

                                •  The exploration and use of context throughout the research process

                                •  Addressing uncertainties throughout the research process

                                •  Complexity informed approaches to intervention research

            Q10. Other feedback: If you have other comments that may be useful as we finalise the guidance, please provide brief details