SunSmart campaign evidence base
Every good health promotion campaign is built upon two types of evidence. These are:
- Scientific evidence that underpins the main campaign messages
- Evaluation evidence that measures the effectiveness of campaign activities
Find out more about the scientific evidence behind our SunSmart sun protection messages.
When we develop SunSmart messages we look at all the available evidence to agree on the best ways for people to reduce their skin cancer risk. Assessing evidence involves looking at expert reports and individual studies in detail. When we interpret study results we consider:
- the size of the study
- the methods the researchers used
- where the study took place
- who was the subject of the study.
We then ask skin cancer experts for their opinions and suggestions to make sure our campaign is as relevant and effective as possible. The SunSmart Advisory Board consists of Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Dr Elizabeth Derrick, Professor Brian Diffey, Dr Mark Goodfield, Dr Frances Haste, Professor Rona Mackie, Professor Harry Moseley, Dr Julian Peace, Dr Sheela Reddy, Saskia Reeken, Professor Lesley Rhodes, Dr Julia Schofield.
Finally, we run focus groups with the campaign target audience to check our messages are clear and appropriate. You can read more about this process in the campaign research section.