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How to develop and evaluate digital behaviour change interventions

29 April 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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How should we go about developing and evaluating digital interventions to help people change their behaviour?

This workshop will describe how to develop and evaluate digital behaviour change interventions. These include text messaging programmes, automated telephone interventions, interventions using electronic monitoring and feedback, and smartphone apps. Target behaviours will include smoking cessation, physical activity, dietary change and medication adherence. Methods for developing interventions will be discussed. These include the MRC guidance on the development and evaluation of complex interventions, intervention mapping, the behaviour change wheel, and the person-centred approach. Drawing on these perspectives, a 13-step approach to developing and evaluating digital interventions will be presented.

Target audience

Psychologists interested in developing and evaluating digital behaviour change interventions. No other pre-requisites in terms of knowledge or experience.

Professional Development Centre
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Learning Outcomes

1. Learn how to develop (digital) interventions.

2. Learn about methods for developing and evaluating interventions.

3. Learn how to evaluate (digital) interventions.


Participants are asked to undertake the following reading prior to the workshop:

Craig et al. Developing and evaluating complex interventions: the new Medical Research Council guidance. BMJ 2008;337:a1655.

Developing and evaluating complex interventions. MRC. https://mrc.ukri.org/documents/pdf/complex-interventions-guidance/

Facilitator: Professor Stephen Sutton CPsychol

Stephen Sutton is Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. He leads a research programme on developing and evaluating digital interventions for behaviour change. This includes cutting edge research on the use of smartphone sensing to support behaviour change. He chairs the British Psychological Society’s Behaviour Change Advisory Group and is a member of several NICE committees on behaviour change.


09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00 Workshop starts

12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)

16:30 Workshop ends
Price £245.00 (£204.17 +VAT)

Society member

£153.00 (£127.50 + VAT)


Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 26 April 2019.  

To register for the workshop you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

Terms and conditions apply.

Professional Development Centre
[email protected]



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