Designing, implementing and evaluating organizational interventions

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Organizational Interventions

13th – 15th of May 2019
Hotel Copenhagen Island, Copenhagen, Denmark


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

About this course

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.

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 Tuesday.

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.

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

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

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

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

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


26th – 28th of October 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code “NIVA” (available until 2.10.2020).

Single The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool). room: 128 €/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until 2nd of October 2020.

EUR 115 – 134 / night

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

General course fee 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.

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 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. line manager support and employees having influence over the actual content of the intervention and content, i.e. the actual activities implemented to improve employee health and wellbeing.  This focus on the intervention process and content calls for knowledge on how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions that focus on the process of interventions and the tools, e.g. the use of games, that can facilitate 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 projects are undergoing in Denmark, Norway and the US that focus their interventions on these aspects. The course will thus bring together experiences from different contexts.

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

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