3rd #CountMeIn! Scientific Meeting: Supporting Children's Participation - Evidence and Interventions
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The #CountMeIn! network is delighted to announce its 3rd International scientific meeting in association with Supporting children’s participation: evidence and interventions. The event runs over two days with pre-meeting workshops held on 5 April.

This scientific meeting is an invaluable opportunity to learn and network with the key thinkers around participation. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to and learn about complex interventions, how to use evidence from other fields, such as behaviour change, to advance participation and applied health research. Join us to hear inspiring keynote speakers.


We are delighted to announce that the pre-meeting workshops on topics related to children’s participation will take place on 5 April 2016. These workshops will complement the scientific programme offered in the meeting. As workshop numbers are limited, early registration is encouraged. 

An additional fee will be charged for workshops and is also open to those who do not wish to attend the conference, just the workshops only.

Download further information on the workshops (pdf file) 

Contact events@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries or for further information. 

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Today's events

Workshops include:

WORKSHOP 1: Effectiveness of Participation Interventions - an update
Leaders: Dr Niina Kolehmainen, Jennifer McAnuff, Catherine Duff

This workshop focuses on the #CountMeIn! Action Plan theme ‘Effectiveness of Participation Interventions’. The #CountMeIn! network agreed this theme as a key development priority in 2015, and defined the theme to include research into intervention definitions (ingredients or delivery), classifications of intervention populations (for example, by using diagnosis, gender, activity limitations, participation restrictions), research into common language to describe interventions, research into intervention fidelity, examples of the use of the MRC Framework to advance therapy interventions, identification of specific intervention research priorities, and linking participation interventions to participation outcomes (effectiveness, mechanisms of change). This workshop provides an update on the latest research in these areas. 


  • To enable the participants to gain cutting-edge knowledge and information about participation intervention research. The focus will be on results from recently completed (mainly still unpublished) research and learnings from research that is still ongoing 
  • To provide participants an opportunity to shape future research projects for 2016-19, through discussion, and to provide the participants an opportunity to become partners and stakeholders in these future projects 
The session will be highly interactive.

WORKSHOP 2: Understanding what participation is, defining and measuring outcomes
Leader: Dr Carolyn Dunford PhD, MSc, Dip COT


  • To explore of the concept and definitions of participation
  • To identify measures that reflect participation as an outcome
  • To examine the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Index – Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI_CAT) as an example of a participation outcome measure
WORKSHOP 3: The IHC Plymouth Case Study Research project
Leader: Dr Katrina Bannigan 

The #CountMeIn! Action plan seeks to advance research and practice into participation outcomes and interventions in the UK and Internationally. The aim of this workshop is to consider the Institute of Health & Community (IHC) Plymouth Case Study Research project in the context of how occupational therapy contributes to supporting children’s participation.


  • Provide an overview of how the IHC Plymouth Case Study Research project is using single case studies to grow the evidence base in occupational therapy
  • Update on the project progress to date
  • To examine how this project can be used to develop evidence of how to support children’s participation

Keynote speaker: Professor Iona Novak

Professor Iona Novak is an international leader in participation intervention research. Her work focuses on enabling children and young people to achieve their goals, and she is renowned for bringing different stakeholders together for real-life impact.

Professor Novak's keynote will focus on participation intervention and outcomes, with high relevance for both research and practice.

Professor Iona Novak. Image credit: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation [https://research.cerebralpalsy.org.au]

Keynote speaker: Dr Vashti Berry 

Dr Vashti Berry is a PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow at Plymouth University. Her research is particularly focused on the promotion of children’s mental health and family functioning; she is interested in the factors that facilitate the use and sustainability of interventions in mainstream services and systems. Vashti also has extensive experience of complex intervention design, development and evaluation. She will be sharing her broader perspective of children’s services research, as well as her considerable expertise related to complex interventions, to offer a different perspective on interventions and researching participation.

Keynote speaker: Professor Stuart Logan

Professor Stuart Logan is Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology at the University of Exeter as well as the Director of the NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula. The focus of his work is the generation of research of direct relevance to policy and practice and helping to make research more accessible and useful to practitioners, the public and health service managers. His personal research interests include the evaluation of interventions for children, development of methods for use of routine data to estimate effectiveness and evaluation of approaches to implementation of research evidence and practice. He will use his extensive experience to close the meeting; he will set the research presented over the two days in the wider context of health services research.

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