Applied behavioural science should be natural territory for social researchers, but despite becoming much more prominent in recent years it is still not well understood or effectively integrated with practice. Applied behavioural science is a transdisciplinary activity that is problem and issue focused and draws on diverse disciplinary backgrounds; it is a way of both thinking and doing that provides an important complement to the social researcher’s toolbox. This course will introduce the theory and practice of applied behavioural science and demonstrate how to integrate it with social research to both better understand behaviour and how to approach changing behaviour whether that takes the form of more useful recommendation or intervention design and implementation.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Scope an applied behavioural insights project, identifying and prioritising behaviours effectively
- Use behavioural frameworks to systematically investigate and analyse behaviours
- Develop a behaviour change intervention using a behavioural analysis
- Think through how a behaviour change intervention can be implemented effectively
The course will cover:
- Scoping applied behavioural insights projects
- Selecting behaviours for understanding and change
- Investigating and analysing behaviours systematically
- Designing behaviour change interventions
- Implementing behaviour change interventions
Who will benefit?
This course is for anyone who is new to behavioural science and/or looking for a neutral, pragmatic perspective on the theory and practice in social research. The primary intended audience for the course is practicing social researchers. The course may also be of interest to other researchers e.g. user or design researchers, or those who commission or use research such as policy-makers and service designers.
After this course participants will be able to:
- Understand what is meant by applied behavioural science, behavioural insights and behaviour change
- Translate high level behavioural challenges i.e. problems that require behaviour change into tangible applied behavioural science projects
- Recognise and use a range of applied behavioural science frameworks in social research
- Better understand and conduct behavioural analysis and diagnosis
- Better understand and translate behavioural analysis and diagnosis into intervention development and implementation
- Note: This is not an evaluation course and does not cover experimental or quasi-experimental design
Chris Perry is an independent researcher and consultant with over ten years’ experience and a background in social research, user and design research, evaluation and applied behavioural science. He set up and led the Behavioural Science practice at Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute for five years, working on a wide range of applied projects both in terms of method and subject area culminating in becoming a preferred supplier on the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Framework in 2018. Following this he led research at Ctrl Group, a digital health start-up to support the design and development of Fora, a technology enabled service to improve communication and conversation between patients and healthcare professionals.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
n.b. This course runs over two consecutive mornings:
Part 1 - 17 February - 9.30 am to 1.00 pm
Part 2 - 18 February - 9.30 am to 1.00 pm