Margaret Cargo

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University of Canberra

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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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Predictors of Quality of Life in Montreal, Canada: A Longitudinal Study

Caron, J., Cargo, M., Daniel, M. & Liu, A., 2019, In : Community Mental Health Journal. 55, 2, p. 189-201 13 p.

University of Canberra

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  • Engagement of stakeholders in the development of a Theory of Change for handwashing and sanitation behaviour change

    De Buck, E., Hannes, K., Cargo, M., Van Remoortel, H., Vande veegaete, A., Mosler, H. J., Govender, T., Vandekerckhove, P. & Young, T., 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 28, 1, p. 8-22 15 p.

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  • Policy, research and residents’ perspectives on built environments implicated in heart disease: A concept mapping approach

    Stankov, I., Howard, N. J., Daniel, M. & Cargo, M., 9 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14, 2, p. 1-17 17 p., 170.

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  • OPALesence: Epistemological pluralism in the evaluation of a systems-wide childhood obesity prevention program

    Jones, M., Verity, F., Warin, M., Ratcliffe, J., Cobiac, L., Swinburn, B. & CARGO, M., 2016, In : Evaluation. 22, 1, p. 29-48 20 p.

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  • A realist evaluation of community-based participatory research: Partnership synergy, trust building and related ripple effects

    Jagosh, J., Bush, P., Salsberg, J., Macaulay, A., Greenhalgh, T., Wong, G., CARGO, M., Green, L., Herbert, C. & Pluye, P., 2015, In : BMC Public Health. 15, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

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