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)


09.00-12.00 (coffee will be served at 08.45)


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

Welcome Coffee

KEYNOTE: Prof. Jeffery Carpenter: Experimental innovations to aid evidence-based policy-making



Prof. Petri Ylikoski: Mechanism-based thinking

Assoc. Prof. Jaakko Kuorikoski: Severe testing

Dr. Samuli Reijula: The problem of extrapolation

KEYNOTE: Prof. Martin Hagger: Why and how do interventions work? Evaluating mechanisms of impact 


Coffee break (14.30-15.00)

KEYNOTE: Prof. Sharon Simpson: Updated guidance on developing and evaluating complex interventions (UK Medical Research Council) 

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


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

Closing of the symposium 



Interview: Key takeout



Networking event: Evening Reception (University of Helsinki, Main Building/Teachers’ Lounge “Lehtisali”, 2nd. floor)