Using mid-level theory to understand behavior change: examples from health and evidence-based policy making, 30 August 2018, New Delhi, India

Venue: ISID Complex, Auditorium Hall

Timing: 3:30 - 5:30 PM IST

Tea and Coffee: 3:30-4:00 PM IST

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018

Mid-level (or mid-range) theory rests between a project-level theory of change and grand theory.  The specification and testing of mid-level theories help support the generalizability and transferability of study findings.

For example, in economics, the operation of the price mechanism to balance supply and demand is a grand theory. An agricultural fertilizer subsidy programme would have a project-level theory which partly draws on the theory of supply and demand: lowering price increases demand). A mid-level theory could be developed related to the use of price subsidies, of which the fertilizer programme would be a specific application.

This talk will adopt the transtheoretical model of behavior change to apply mid-level theory to the analysis of two sets of interventions: the adoption of health behavior, and promoting evidence-based policy change.

Chair: Dr. Anju Sinha, MD, PhD is Scientist 'E' (Deputy Director General) Indian Council of Medical Research Hqrs.

Presenter: Professor Howard White is the CEO of the Campbell Collaboration and the Research Director for the Centre for Excellence in Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL). This presentation is based on work undertaken as a part of CEDIL.

Discussant: Denny John, Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration

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