About the Evidence for Action Team (EfA)

The Evidence for Action (EfA) team seeks to inform decision-making by providing effectiveness evidence, advice and expertise. The team sits within the Public Health Sciences Directorate of NHS Health Scotland and informs decision-making by providing effectiveness evidence, advice and expertise.

They do this by:

  • gathering together evidence and evidence-informed recommendations relating to the effectiveness of action in key public health areas

  • synthesising and communicating these pieces of information in ways that help policy-makers, organisations and practitioners to develop and deliver effective action

  • promoting and contributing to the further development of approaches to evidence-informed decision-making.

Team members each hold portfolios for specific areas of health improvement approaches (some covering more than one portfolio). These include:

Evidence use and decision-making

  • Knowledge into action

Wider influences on health

  • Health and place

  • Health inequalities


  • Alcohol

  • Drug misuse

  • Tobacco

  • Physical activity

  • Food and nutrition

Health endpoints

  • Sexual health

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Oral health

Life stages

  • Early Years

  • Childhood

  • Adolescence

  • Healthy Ageing


  • Local Government

  • Communities

Health services

  • Anticipatory care

  • Immunisation and vaccination

  • Health promoting health services

To contact the team, please email us at: nhs.HealthScotland-EfAAdmin@nhs.net

Updated 12 January 2015

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