Behaviour Change Intervention Design and Evaluation

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

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop provides an overview of the challenges involved in designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions. 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.

Pre-course work

Before attending the workshop delegates must read five papers and make notes on behaviour change intervention evaluation of their choice.

Target audience

The workshop should appeal to a wide range of psychologists and health care professionals who wish to extend their understanding of how to develop behaviour change interventions and the relationship between theory and evaluation. The workshop is suitable for chartered psychologists, those currently working toward their Stage 2 training as well as health care professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge of developing behaviour change interventions.

Learning outcomes and objectives

At the end of the workshop, attendees should be able to:

  • 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.

Facilitator: Professor Charles Abraham CPsychol FBPsS

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


  • Non-Society members: £132 (£110 + VAT)
  • Society members: £102 (£85 + VAT)
  • DHP members: £84 (£70 +VAT)

How to book:

This event is fully booked. 

Fri, 15/02/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Health Psychology & BPS Learning Centre