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Summary from Susan Michie: Behaviour change and complex interventions: design and evaluation workshops (29 July 2013)

Linda Collins Susan Michie John Graham

From left to right: Linda Collins, Susan Michie (workshop convener), John Graham

More than 200 people from UCL and beyond registered for the latest event hosted by the Behaviour Change initiative in July: a workshop entitled: “Behaviour change and complex interventions: design and evaluation”. It was led by two international leaders and experts in methodology, both from Pennsylvania State University: Linda Collins, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and of Statistics, and John Graham, Professor of Biobehavioral Health. The morning session focused on applying engineering principles to designing and evaluating complex interventions and introduced the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST). The afternoon session tackled the thorny issue of missing data in analysis and design.

There was a lively discussion throughout the day, with excellent contributions from many disciplines within UCL and many colleagues from beyond, including from Government and business, and from as far as the Netherlands and Canada. Discussion continued over a glass of wine with many new ideas and links forged. For my part, the day inspired me to progress two new pieces of work: a collaborative research article with Professor Collins and a possible UCL seminar, “Policy meets Academia: translating behavioural science findings into practice”.

Future events will be publicised via the Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing website. Meanwhile, there are three autumn events disseminating UCL-based behaviour change research:

"Specifying the Content of Complex Interventions to Improve Health: Using a Taxonomy of Behaviour Change Techniques", workshop before the BPS Division of Health Psychology conference, 10th September, Brighton

"Health-related Behaviour Change through Technology", research conference of the UBhave project, Wednesday 25th September, 2013 at the Macmillan Hall of the Senate House, Malet Street, London. Early booking essential.

"Designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel and other tools in behavioural science”, workshop after the UKSBM, Oxford, Wednesday 11th December 2013

Susan Michie, July 2013

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