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An infrastructure for empowering behavioural intervention research Yang Yang, Adrian Osmond, Xiaoyu Chen, Mark Weal, Gary Wills, David De Roure Judith.

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1 An infrastructure for empowering behavioural intervention research Yang Yang, Adrian Osmond, Xiaoyu Chen, Mark Weal, Gary Wills, David De Roure Judith Joseph, Lucy Yardley

2  What is a Behavioural Intervention? ◦ A package of advice and support for behaviour change - are arguably the most important methodology and technology employed by social scientists for understanding and changing behaviour.  Some Example … ◦ Smoking cessation ◦ Prevention of spreading colds and flu ◦ Avoid unprotected sexual intercourse ◦ Eat a healthy diet

3 a) face-to-face, e.g. teacher, therapist, manager  expert, personalised  effective but resource intensive b) print format, e.g. leaflet  generic, no support  cheap but low impact

4 WBBIs are ubiquitous and cost-effective It can:  Provide accurate and persistent advice  Access large volumes of information  Provide adaptive interaction in various modalities to produce optimum persuasive impact.  Enable anonymity and reduce stigma

5 Lack of software for authoring WBBIs  Commercial tools are inflexible for research  Often require the extra cost of hiring software engineers.  Need to develop WBBI applications and analyze the data of each intervention individually  Once deployed, cannot be easily modified All these hinders researchers in developing and testing WBBIs. Therefore limiting the accumulation of knowledge behavioural intervention research

6  LifeGuide - An infrastructure for empowering behavioural intervention research -co-designed by both computer scientists and behavioural psychologists  Enabling social scientists with minimal technical expertise to develop a WBBI by themselves.  Interventions can be shared or reused within the community to devise evolving interventions.

7 How to enable social scientists –  with no graphic design experience to create web pages  with no programming experience to program the adaptive parts of an intervention  How to provide a research environment which feels familiar to social scientists

8 two major components:  Desktop Authoring Tool - for creating and editing intervention applications  Intervention Manager Web Portal - for recording and analysing the data of the intervention participants.

9 Upload on the Intervention Manager Web Portal Design Intervention in the Desktop Authoring Tool records all participants’ data Export data from web portal for further analysis

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16 Desktop Authoring Tool ◦ Eclipse Rich Client Platform ◦ Embedded Mozilla Firefox ◦ JavaScript ◦ QTI XML ◦ XSLT ◦ Jetty Intervention Manager Web Portal ◦ Groovy/Java on Rails

17  We conducted workshop include a hands-on demo session in a number of institutions ◦ Majority can complete an intervention with simple logic with no help from computer programmer ◦ We also observed a difficulty in creating intervention with complex logic  Learning materials are currently underdevelopment  Graphical programming method is also under investigation.  Several Intervention research projects joined our network to use LifeGuide to develop their interventions

18  LifeGuide  My Contact:  Project Manager: Dr. Gary Wills, Thank You !


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