Date and time: Wednesday 9th December 2020 12.30 - 1.30pm AEST
Topic: Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: Reflections on a decade of ‘MESAS’
Presentera: Dr Mark Robinson, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Monday 7th December

This is a free seminar organised by the Queensland Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

Seminar overview

On 1st May 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) - a strength-based floor price below which alcohol cannot be sold - across all types of alcoholic beverages. The legislation contains a sunset clause, which means that it will cease to exist beyond its 6th year unless the Scottish Parliament votes for it to continue. This decision will be informed by a comprehensive, mixed methods evaluation of the impact of MUP, thereby continuing the central role that evaluative thinking and methods have played in Scotland’s alcohol policy story for over a decade.

In 2009, a series of evidence-informed logic models were used to formulate the Scottish Government’s multicomponent alcohol strategy. The strategy contained a range of policy and legislative actions which, collectively, aimed to reduce population levels of alcohol consumption and, in turn, associated levels of health and social harms. The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) work program was established to assess the impact of the strategy across a broad range of outcomes and to identify any unintended consequences.

In this seminar, Dr Mark Robinson, who recently joined the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, will share his reflections on 10 years contributing to MESAS and on the science, art and challenges of informing and evaluating high profile national policy.

Presenter's background

Dr Mark Robinson is Senior Evaluation Manager in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. In his role, he works with researchers and external partners to design and deliver evaluation frameworks and projects. Mark recently joined ISSR from NHS Health Scotland, a national public health agency, where he was responsible for leading a range of research and evaluation projects to better understand population health and health inequalities in Scotland.

Seminar start times
  • QLD: 12.30pm
  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 1.30pm
  • SA: 1.00pm
  • NT: 12.00noon
  • Perth: 10.30am
  • New Zealand: 3.30pm

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