After successful completion of the course the student is able to
- Explain why a certain study design is best suited to answer the developed research questions;
- Explain why the chosen evaluation methods are best suited to evaluate the process and effectiveness of a complex health intervention;
- Generate a theoretical framework for the evaluation of a complex health intervention;
- Generate a research proposal for a complex health intervention according to the standards of an academic journal, including the data collection, data analysis and ethics;
- Reflect on the methodologic limitations and feasibility of the research proposal.
Connection to the work field
The course will familiarize students with new, advanced research methods and paradigms that are expected to become increasingly important in both psychological research and applied (clinical) practice settings.
In this course you will learn how to evaluate an existing, but complex health intervention. You will gain insight in state-of-the art academic and applied research methods available for this purpose.
You will develop a research proposal, written according to the guidelines of an academic journal. Existing health interventions will be presented by the involved researchers. After you have chosen the intervention that appeals the most, you will start developing the theoretical framework of the intervention and their intended effects, and the research questions. You will write a proposal to evaluate both the process and effect of the intervention, using a mixed-method approach.
A combination of lectures, tutorials, small assignments, and micro-lectures provide guidance and knowledge about dealing with the main issues involved in evaluating an intervention and specific evaluation designs. To better accommodate you to combine this course with your internship, this course will be taught online.