Margaret Cargo

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PhD projects

- Ecological intervention analysis of a childhood obesity prevention program - Assessing the effectiveness of a targeted universal community-based obesity prevention program on Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal children - Realist review of Aboriginal health and well-being programs - Development/ validation of tools to assess implementation in systematic reviews

1991 …2021

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Margaret joined CeRAPH/ UC HRI in 2017.  Margaret’s expertise is in the assessment of context and implementation (i.e., intervention dose, fidelity, adaptation) in complex population health interventions and systematic reviews. She brings expertise in qualitative, realist and novel social science research methods to large-scale social epidemiological and multi-level evaluation studies. She has worked in partnership with government, not-for-profit and the Aboriginal community controlled health sector to identify and prioritise needs at local, state and national levels.  Program planning and evaluation projects have featured: childhood obesity prevention, type 2 diabetes prevention, tobacco control, Aboriginal parental engagement, Aboriginal grief and loss, and built community environments related to heart health. Margaret has worked in partnership with Aboriginal communities and organisations in Canada and Australia to address the disparities in Aboriginal health and strengthen culturally safe evaluation practice in Aboriginal settings since 1999. Margaret is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Collaboration Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group and a former convenor of the Campbell Collaboration Process and Implementation Methods Subgroup.


Research Interests

  • Population health/ health promotion

  • Participatory program planning and evaluation

  • Realist  reviews/ realist evaluation

  • Ecological intervention analysis

  • Process evaluation of complex health interventions

  • Tobacco control in Indigenous populations

  • Childhood obesity prevention

  • Remote community environments and Indigenous heart health

  • Strengthening culturally safe evaluation practices in Aboriginal settings





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