Behaviour change intervention design and evaluation

The workshop provides an overview of the importance of behaviour change to health care services and explores the challenge involved in designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions.


09:00 Registration

09:30 Workshop starts

12:30 - 13:00 Lunch

16:00 Workshop ends


The importance of behaviour change to health care services and the achievement of sustainable energy use will be highlighted. Types of evidence relevant to intervention trials will be discussed within the MRC Framework for Complex interventions. Criteria for assessing internal and external validity of trials will be explained. These will include experimental design, randomisation and power as well as the RE-AIM model. The process of planning intervention design and evaluation will be considered within the ‘Intervention Mapping’ framework. Theory selection will be discussed and key theoretical frameworks including the Information Motivation Behavioural Skills model and the Reflective Impulsive Model will be presented. The translation of theory, which explains change mechanisms, to selection and implementation of behaviour change techniques will be discussed. The use of meta-analysis to identify effective behaviour change techniques and delivery methods will also be explored. Finally, good reporting practices, including CONSORT guidelines will be considered and participants will practice assessing the quality of papers reporting behaviour change interventions.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Critically discuss the importance of experimental design, randomisation and power in the evaluation of behaviour change interventions.
  • Understand what is meant by internal and external validity in the context of behaviour change intervention evaluations and discuss the RE-AIM model.
  • Describe the MRC framework for complex interventions.
  • Describe intervention mapping approach to behaviour change intervention design and evaluation
    Critically discuss the relationship between intervention evaluation and theory development in relation to behaviour change.

Pre-course work required

Before attending the workshop attendees must (a) read the 5 papers below and (b) make notes on a behaviour change intervention evaluation of their choice. Delegates will be provided with PDFs of the papers and specific guidance on the task prior to the course.

  1. Abraham, C. & Michie, S. (2008). A taxonomy of behavior change techniques used in interventions. Health Psychology 27, 379-387.
  2. Campbell, M., Fitzpatrick, R., Haines, A., Kinmonth, A.L., Sandercock, P., Spiegelhalter, D. & Tyrer, P.  (2000). Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health.  British Medical Journal, 321, 694-696.
  3. Davidson, K., W., Goldstein, M., Kaplan, R. M., Kaufmann, P., G., Knatterund, G., L., Orleans, C., T., Spring, B., Trudeau, K., J. & Whitlock, E. P. (2003). Evidence-based behavioral medicine: What is it and how do we achieve it? Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 161-171.
  4. Glasgow, R. E., Bull, S. S., Gillette, C., Klesges, L. M., Dzewaltowski, D. M. (2002) Behavior Change Intervention Research in Healthcare Settings: A Review of Recent Reports with Emphasis on External Validity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 23, 62-69.

Kok, H., Schaalma, H., Ruiter, R. A. C. & van Empelen, P. (2004) Intervention Mapping: A Protocol for Applying Health Psychology Theory to Prevention Programmes. Journal of Health Psychology, 9, 85-98.


Charles Abraham is a social and health psychologist. He conducts research into behaviour change related to health promotion. He also provides training, consultancy and policy advice. Charles is a visiting professor at the Universities of Sussex, Nottingham and Maastricht and a Research Associate at the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut. He is a former co-editor of the journal Psychology and Health and was the founding chair of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology. He has worked as a research consultant to the Department of Health in the UK, was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) group which developed the 2007 guidelines on Behaviour Change practice and has acted as a Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Booking information


  • DHP member: £78 +VAT
  • BPS member: £92 + VAT
  • Non-BPS Member: £117 + VAT

How to book

This event is now fully booked.

Fri, 20/01/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Health Psycholgy