Symposium 544 - The Frontiers Of Designing, Conducting And Evaluating Improvements In Organizations – A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Managing change
Friday May 19   11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Managing change
The frontiers of designing, conducting and evaluating improvements in organizations – A transdisciplinary perspective
U. von Thiele Schwarz 1,*, K. Nielsen 2
1Medical Management Centre, KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET, Stockholm, Sweden, 2University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art:
The randomized controlled trial (RCT) has long been the gold standard for evaluating an intervention’s outcomes. Yet, as the field of organizational interventions are growing, so is the awareness that this paradigm raises as many challenges as it solves (Biron, 2012; Nielsen & Randall, 2012; Pawson, 2013). In organizational interventions it is difficult to randomize individuals, and the emergence of participatory and integrated approaches along with the dynamics of organizational change change how interventions are designed, implemented and evaluated (Nielsen, in press; von Thiele Schwarz et al, 2016). Frameworks addressing this complexity have been developed but largely remain intra-disciplinary, failing to integrate lessons learned from one discipline to the other or from one setting to the other.
New Perspectives/Contributions
A group of implementation and evaluation researchers across a range of disciplines including occupational health, organizational change, implementation science, quality improvement, operational management and applied ergonomics have joined forces to develop a set of recommendations for how to plan, implement and evaluate interventions in organizational settings.  The aim of this symposium is to present these recommendations and empirical studies that relate to these recommendations, and discuss the implications with the audience.
Research/practical Implications
This symposium aims to push the boundaries for how to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions by taking a multi-disciplinary approach. Implications include a reinvention of how these processes are conducted to ensure research that is both fit for purpose and rigorous, so that knowledge can be accumulated across disciplines, settings and objectives.

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