Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Organizational Interventions

This course will focus on how we can develop, implement and evaluate organizational interventions using realist evaluation. Organizational interventions aim to improve working conditions and employee health and well-being through changing the way work is organized, designed and managed. Realist evaluation focuses on what works for whom in which circumstances and the course will focus on how we can develop the tools and methods to ensure the most important issues experienced by participant are addressed, ensure interventions are implemented according to plan, and ensure interventions bring about the intended outcomes.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the participants will:

  • 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
  • be familiar with realist evaluation
  • demonstrate ability to plan an evaluation strategy for how to evaluate a complex intervention combining qualitative and quantitative methods

Target group

  • HR and occupational health practitioners
  • Work psychologists
  • Union and safety representatives
  • PhD students
  • Researchers

Course outline

The course 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.  We will also offer surgery time, where participants can get individual feedback from lecturers on their own projects.

Main topics

  • Introduction to realist evaluation.
  • Tools to implement changes, including games to equip managers to make changes and tools to 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.

Registration deadline

April 1st 2019




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 535
  • The day package II fee of EUR 315
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 535 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, the social program on Tuesday (a guided boat and walking tour of Copenhagen, ending with a dinner at Restaurant Orangeriet) and dinner on Monday.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1035 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 535).

    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 (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 315 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 815 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 315).

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

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 12th –15th of May 2019 at Hotel Copenhagen Island, Copenhagen, Denmark. To book a room from the block kindly contact the hotel directly by phone (+45 3338 9600) or email ( with reference to the group name:  ME NIVA and booking ID: 1601478 (available until 12.4.2019).

    The room price for a single standard room is DKK 1695 (approx. EUR 228)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 12th of April 2019

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by April, 1st 2019: full refund
    Cancellations received after April, 1st 2019: 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, Director of the Institute for Work Psychology
University of Sheffield, UK

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Linda Vänskä
mobile: +358 40 5463 277

Course venue


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…

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Course Leader

Karina Nielsen


Glorian Sorensen
Johan Simonsen Abildgaard
Marit Christensen
Michael Munch-Hansen

General information

Course fee and payment 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. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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