Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Organizational Interventions

10th – 12th of May 2022
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Iceland

About this course

This course will focus on how we can develop, implement and evaluate organizational interventions. Organizational interventions aim to improve working conditions and employee health and wellbeing through changing the way work is organized, designed and managed. We will focus on how we can develop the tools and methods to ensure
1) that adverse working conditions experienced by employees are addressed,
2) that interventions are implemented according to plan, and
3) interventions bring about the intended outcomes.

This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (15 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.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee I EUR 450).

EUR 950

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 720 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee II EUR 220).

EUR 720


10th – 12th of May 2022 at Fosshotel Reykjavik, Iceland.

NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 10-12 of May 2022 at Fosshotel Reykjavik.

To book a room from the block reservation kindly contact the hotel directly through the website. Please use the booking code NIVA0522 when booking the room (available until 29.3.2022).

The room price for a single standard room is EUR 160/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until the 25th of March 2022.

EUR 160 / night

Course objectives

  • Be aware of critical issues in developing and implementing organizational interventions
  • Demonstrate ability to work with implementation tools
  • Demonstrate awareness of the challenges in evaluating organizational interventions
  • Demonstrate ability to plan an evaluation strategy for how to evaluate a complex intervention combining qualitative and quantitative methods

Main topics

  • Introduction to realist evaluation.
  • Tools and processes to implement changes, including tools to equip change agents to handle change reactions and support the participatory process.
  • Methods and analyses for qualitative and quantitative methods to measure context, process and content of interventions and how they interact to bring about intervention outcomes.

Target groups

HR and occupational health practitioners, work psychologists, union and safety representatives, PhD students and researchers.

Subject 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, safety and well-being. However, there is some controversy as to whether such interventions are effective and how they can be implemented in the workplace. In recent years, focus has moved away from evaluating whether such interventions have an effect to understanding what the working mechanisms may be of such interventions and in which contexts these mechanisms can be triggered so that they bring about the intended outcomes (realist evaluation).

A special characteristic of organizational interventions is that mechanisms both relate to the intervention process, e.g. leadership commitment,  line manager support and employees having influence over the actual content of the intervention and intervention content, i.e. the actual activities implemented to mitigate adverse working conditions, such a poor social support.  This focus on the intervention process and content calls for knowledge on how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions.

The emphasis on processes and tools course calls for the analysis of both the participants’ sensemaking of the intervention and the actual development and implementation of changes to the way work is organized, designed and managed to improve employee health and wellbeing. The course is timely as a number of research projects have recently been completed in Denmark and the US with ongoing projects in Norway.

We will also include the perspectives of organizational psychologists working as internal or external consultants to provide knowledge on how to practically work with organizational interventions.

General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline.

Travel arrangements

Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by March, 23th 2022: full refund
Cancellations received by March, 24th 2022 or later: no refund

The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course leader

Karina Nielsen, Professor, University of Sheffield, UK

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager & Quality Assurance Advisor
Cecilia Weckman

Course leader

Karina Nielsen

  • Professor, University of Sheffield, UK

Course lecturers

Glorian Sorensen

  • PhD, MPH, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Center for Work, Health and Well-being / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US

Johan Simonsen Abildgaard

  • Associate Professor, PhD, MSc, Copenhagen Business School, DK

Marit Christensen

  • PhD, Associate professor, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO

Michael Munch-Hansen

  • Organizational psychologist, Founder of DoBetter, DK

Nadia El-Salanti

  • Organisational Psychologist, Novo Nordisk Health & Safety, DK

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