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Workshop 1. Theorising and modeling causality & mechanisms of behavior change workshop                   

Workshop facilitators: Assoc. Prof. Jaakko Kuorikoski, Dr. Samuli Reijula                                                            

Oct 3rd (13.00-15.45, break 14.30-14.45 ), University of Helsinki Main Building, Consistorium ("Konsistorin sali"), 2nd floor, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

Workshop describtion:

Learning from field experiments

Part 1: Extrapolation as causal reasoning

Evidence based policy often relies on the idea that relatively theory-free field experiments provide the most reliable evidence of effectiveness of interventions. But how can we know that the intervention will work in a new site or population, as no two populations are exactly alike? When and how should we take observed differences between the source and the target population into account? Not all relevant differences are relevant in the same way, and reliable extrapolation requires knowing how to adjust the estimate, depending on whether the differences are due to heterogeneity, interaction, or selection bias. We use simple causal graphs and empirical examples to demonstrate simple principles of extrapolation.  

Part 2: Mechanism experiments

As part 1 suggests, reliable extrapolation requires knowledge of how the treatment produces its effect – knowledge of mechanisms. But from where does this knowledge come from? We dispel some common misconceptions concerning mechanism-based reasoning and introduce the idea ofmechanism experiments as one interesting source of evidence for extrapolation. As a workshop exercise, we will outline mechanism experiment designs based on participants’ research topics.


Workshop 2. Empirical work-in-progress in Finland: Using behavioural insights in designing public policy & interventions; and/or field experiments & intervention evaluation                                                                       

Oct 3rd (13.00-16.00), Think Lounge (above Think Corner), Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki

Work-in-progress session

Ongoing intervention & other research projects and their challenges will be presented and discussed in a friendly atmosphere! 

What to evaluate and how when stakeholders are co-creating the programme while you are trying to evaluate it? The role of a researcher in describing the programme and identifying the underpinning assumptions of its mechanisms Elina Aaltio, National Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Agent-based simulation and environmental behaviour 
Roope Kaaronen, University of Helsinki

The Role of Behavioural Regulatory Design in Promoting Corporate Crime Prevention and Corporate Social Responsibility (BiRD) Heli Korkka-Knuts, University of Helsinki

Behavioral and lifestyle changes in remote rehabilitation
Sjögren Tuulikki (PhD) and Anttila Marjo-Riitta (M.Sc), Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Normalizing in Welfare Interviews for the Unemployed
Mika Simonen, University of Helsinki

                                  BREAK (about 14.30)

Suomenlinna, enjoy with care: Designing for visitor guidance service with behavioural insights
Jinny Kim, Aalto University

Dose-response relationships of smartphone-delivered food Go/No-Go training in a pragmatic open trial Matthias Aulbach, University of Helsinki

Time vs money - experiment of using instant time-penalties for speeding violations in Estonia
Laura Aaben, Estonia

How to reach at-risk relatives? Improving communication and uptake of genetic test for heritable disease risk  Ari Haukkala, University of Helsinki