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Intervention Mapping - 1-day Introduction Course

Monday 8th June 2015 at Malmaison Hotel, Dundee

This event will be facilitated by Professor Marijn de Bruin and Professor Rob Ruiter.

Intervention Mapping (Bartholomew et al., 2001; 2006; 2011) is a framework for developing and transparently reporting the rationale and content of theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs (see Figure 1 in the downloads below). The framework is ideally suited for developing complex, multi-level interventions to promote health, through changing health behaviours and/or environmental conditions (e.g., social, physical, services, policy). The science of behaviour change and the use of behaviours change techniques (BCTs; Michie et al., 2013) are central in this process, but intervention developers are trained to look beyond mere definitions of BCTs and focus on what theories and evidence suggest are the conditions under which the BCTs are likely to be effective (Peters, de Bruin, Crutzen, 2015). Additionally, intervention developers are challenged to consult theories and evidence about organisation, community, and policy change in order to create health promoting environmental conditions; to utilise the capacity available in the community to develop and implement solutions to tackle the health problem; conduct informative effect and process evaluations; and to anticipate the future implementation of an intervention right from the start of program conception.

Whereas the MRC framework for complex interventions (Craig et al., 2008) already offers excellent guidance on general steps in the intervention development process and evaluation strategies at each stage, it does not guide the developer on the design of the actual intervention content or materials, how to select which delivery strategies and why, or anticipating and actively managing program implementation. Intervention Mapping seems to successfully integrate the design of complex interventions with detailed content guidance on each of these key steps to maximise the likelihood that the intervention is feasible, acceptable, effective, and sustainable.

Presentation Downloads

Intro Overview

Needs Assessments


Methods Programme



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Monday 8th June 2015

09:00Registration and coffee
09:30Presentation: Intervention Mapping - an overview and step 1
10:00Subgroup apply step 1
11:00Presentation: Intervention Mapping step 2
11:30Subgroup apply step 2
13:15Presentation: Intervention Mapping step 3 and 4
13:45Subgroup apply step 3 and 4
15:00Coffee break
15:30Presentation: Intervention Mapping step 5
16:00Subgroup apply step 5
16:30Presentation: Intervention Mapping step 6
17:00Subgroup apply step 6
17:30Evaluation and closing remarks
18:00Feel free to join the trainers for drinks and informal dinner in a nearby pub before the journey home

Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Marijn de Bruin

Professor of Health Psychology Marijn de Bruin is Chair and lead of the health psychology group in Aberdeen. He obtained his MSc in Health Education & Health Promotion at Maastricht University (2004), and later his PhD at the Faculty of Psychology. He held various lectureships in the Netherlands before moving to the University of Aberdeen in 2013.

Marijn’s research focuses on designing, evaluating and synthesizing complex interventions to promote health, through changing individual behaviour and environmental conditions. Much of his work has been on adherence to medical recommendations, but has expanded recently to areas such as smoking cessation, reducing 2nd hand smoke in households with children, promoting hand hygiene among hospital personnel, and environmental interventions to promote healthier diets in the workplace.

Marijn’s work is anchored in behavioural theory, has a strong methodological focus, and he follows the Intervention Mapping rationale for the development, delivery, and evaluation of health promoting interventions. His work is characterized by an interdisciplinary focus and aims to address key health issues in both high and low income countries, funded by MRC, ZonMw Netherlands, CRUK, EC 7th framework, and the CSO.

Marijn became trainer in Intervention Mapping under supervision of Profs. Gerjo Kok, Herman Schaalma, and Guy Parcel in 2007, and has been teaching Intervention Mapping to various audiences (professionals and students) since then.

Professor Rob Ruiter

Head of the department Work and Social Psychology at Maastricht University, Rob obtained his MSc in Health Sciences in 1995 and PhD in Psychology in 2000 at Maastricht University.

Rob’s research focuses on the effectiveness of persuasive messages with a special interest in processes of attention, information processing, and attitude and behaviour change. His research uses self-report measures, methods from the domains of cognitive psychology and the cognitive neurosciences including reaction times, eye tracking, EEG/ERP, fMRI, and virtual reality. The research projects he’s involved in include experimental studies on the role of basic cognitive functions in the explanation and changing of risky health and safety behaviour and developing and testing behaviour change programmes in the areas of blood donation, maternal health, safe sex promotion, and traffic safety using Intervention Mapping.

Rob also has a strong interest in research capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1995, he’s been continuously involved in PhD projects in Southern and Eastern Africa, mostly related to the prevention of infectious diseases. These projects have the goal to develop theory and evidence-based health education materials while training young students to become fully qualified public health researchers. His work is funded by ZonMw Netherlands, Aids Fonds, STI AIDS Netherlands and private organisations. Rob’s been teaching Intervention Mapping since its first edition.


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