The 1st BeSP-symposium: Intervention evaluation & field experiments - Interdisciplinary perspectives on evaluating societal interventions to change behaviour (University of Helsinki, Main Building/Small Festive Hall “Pieni juhlasali”, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33, 00170 Helsinki)

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.

TUESDAY 14th May

12.00-17.00 (coffee will be served at 11.45)

Welcome Coffee

Opening speech & presentation of the executive committee of the project

KEYNOTE: Dr. Michael Sanders:

Practical Science - how we bring rigour into the evaluation of policy

DISCUSSANT: Dr. Mira Fischer

Prof. Petri Ylikoski:

Mechanism-based thinking

Assoc. Prof. Jaakko Kuorikoski:

Severe testing

Dr. Samuli Reijula:

The problem of extrapolation

Coffee break (14.30-15.00)

KEYNOTE: Prof. Sharon Simpson:

Updated guidance on developing and evaluating complex interventions

(UK Medical Research Council)

Elina Aaltio & Nanne Isokuortti:

The effectiveness of an intervention depends on the implementation fidelity:

Why study it? The case of a child protection practice model

Dr. Jouko Verho:

Could we increase the use of randomised field experiments in Finland?

Interview: Key takeout


Networking event: Evening Reception

(University of Helsinki, Main Building/Teachers’ Lounge “Lehtisali”, 2nd. floor)



09.00-12.00 (coffee will be served at 08.45)

Welcome Coffee

KEYNOTE: Prof. Jeffery Carpenter:

Experimental innovations to aid evidence-based policy-making

KEYNOTE: Prof. Martin Hagger:

Why and how do interventions work? Evaluating mechanisms of impact

Dr. Jennifer McSharry:

Evaluating the feasibility of implementing interventions into practice:

the example of the Cardiac Health and Relationship Management and Sexuality (CHARMS) intervention

Prof. Kaisa Kotakorpi:

Field Experiments with Tax Administration

Interview: Key takeout

Closing of the symposium