The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) was established in 2008. It was co-funded by The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) until July 2018, and based within the University of Edinburgh.
SCPHRP was established to encourage and facilitate collaborations between all sectors of the public health community in Scotland. The core mandate is:
- To identify key areas of opportunity for developing novel public health interventions that equitably address major health problems in Scotland, and move those forward.
- To foster collaboration between government, researchers and the public health community to develop a national programme of intervention development, large-scale implementation and robust evaluation.
- Build capacity within the public health community for collaborative research of the highest quality, with maximum impact on policies, programs and practice
SCPHRP’s vision is to develop Scotland as a leader in public-health intervention research for equitable health improvement through catalysing strong researcher/research-user collaborations that ensure timely, robust, policy relevant research that is created with – and used by - key decision-makers.
Four key areas of activity have been identified for achieving SCPHRP’s aim to develop Scotland as a leader in intervention research for equitable health improvement: