Intervention Science
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Course moduleSOW-BS054
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
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dr. ir. K.E. Bevelander
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dr. M.L.M. van Hooff
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prof. dr. I. Molenaar
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dr. M. Verhagen
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dr. M. Verhagen
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Academic year2018
PER4  (15/04/2019 to 12/07/2019)
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RemarksFor Behavioural Science RM students only, non-BSRM students interested in the course, please mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
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This course concentrates on intervention research in different habitats, with a focus on the pro’s, con’s, and practical feasibility of different types of intervention designs (e.g. RCT, natural experiments), taking into consideration methodological issues and challenges of intervention research. The course aims to equip students with extensive knowledge and guidelines on how to perform complex interventions as well as high quality intervention research, with attention for evaluation of effectiveness, the role of intervention content and -implementation process, and ethical as well as guiding principles for reporting on intervention research in scientific publications.
First, a general introduction on Intervention science will be addressed, with key intervention knowledge that applies to all BSI research fields. Topics such as intervention design and related challenges, methodological concerns of intervention research, CONSORT statement and guidelines, and preregistration will be elaborated upon. Next to this, ethical and moral issues related to research on development and implementation of interventions will be discussed. Key features for developing an intervention program (content and process implementation) and designing a study to evaluate the outcomes, implementation process, and effectiveness of the program will be discussed.
Second, research examples from the different areas of expertise (e.g., developmental psychopathology, work, health and performance, and communication sciences) will be provided to give an in depth impression of how to perform state-of-the-art, high quality intervention research in the different domains and how to deal with the associated challenges. For a better understanding of intervention research, theory will always be linked to actual examples of intervention programs within the BSI. Thus, in the end, students will not only have knowledge on how to conduct high-quality intervention research, but are also informed about new and innovative intervention programs and their associated challenges.
The topics that will be discussed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective can be found above, see ‘Objectives’.
Teaching methods: By means of lectures and active discussions, students are encouraged to learn about the principles, guidelines and challenges of interventions and intervention research in a critical and constructive way. Each of the meetings will deal with important aspects of successfully designing, implementing and studying intervention programs. In addition, students will be encouraged to internalize and share their acquired knowledge by writing a methods section for a new intervention program. Attending the meetings is compulsory.

Exam information
After the last meeting, students will send in a Method section by using knowledge and guidelines acquired in the course, including information on design, measurements, sample prerequisites, approach, and some statistics that should enable researchers to successfully develop and implement the proposed intervention program, as well as study its’ effectiveness. These intervention proposals will be graded on a 1-10 scale. The assignments that are provided during the course, will also account for the final grade.
Required materials
To be announced
Different scientific papers / book chapters will be assigned for each lecture, as announced online and / or provided by the lecturers of this course.

Instructional modes

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