Implementing and evaluating organizational interventions – Recent developments. As intervention research has become increasingly more common during the last decade, the need to learn how to evaluate such studies in a way that increases our knowledge about the how, why and for whom interventions work has increased.

Course objectives

Participants will be introduced to process evaluation including relevant frameworks, data collection and analysis. An important part of the course is the knowledge on how such information can be used to successfully plan, develop and implement organizational interventions.

This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (13 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.

Target group

Researchers, HR managers, occupational health practitioners, PhD and university students

Course outline

The language of the course is English.

The workshop will be based on active learning activities. These include, but are not limited to, individual and group experiential exercises and reflective practices using methods such as the world café method. Lectures are included but focus on participatory involvement.

Main topics

  • Introduction to process evaluation and process/implementation outcomes
  • Current frameworks for process evaluation, methods and analyses of quantitative and qualitative process evaluation, use of mixed methods, how organizations and research can conduct process evaluations, and results from latest research projects with combined process and outcome measures on how to successfully plan and implement organizational interventions.

Background

Organizational interventions (i.e., changes in the design, organization, and management of work) are generally recommended by formal bodies such as the ILO, WHO and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work as the preferred way of improving working conditions and improving employee health and well-being. However, there is some controversy as to whether such interventions are effective and how they can be implemented in the workplace. The experimental studies (randomized or quasi-experimental) has long been viewed as the golden standard but may not always be applicable for organizational–level interventions, because they provide little knowledge in themselves of which interventions works for whom under which circumstances and thus offer limited knowledge about how organizations and researchers can successfully implement such interventions. As a result, it has been recognized that aside from outcome evaluations, it is necessary to gain insight into the ‘black box’ of interventions by examining impact of the intervention process and context on intervention outcomes. As intervention research has become increasingly more common during the last decade, the need to learn how to evaluate such studies in a way that increases our knowledge about the how, why and for whom interventions work has increased. Such evaluations will provide valuable information on how an intervention that has been successful in one setting may successfully be implemented in other settings.

Program taught in:
English

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