Health Behaviour Change Research Group Webinar 30th June

An introduction to Pragmatic evaluation – More places available due to a high level of interest!

The Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUI Galway is delighted to announce that registration is now open for a free webinar, An introduction to Pragmatic Evaluation, delivered by Dr Paul Kelly, from the University of Edinburgh, on Tuesday June 30th 2020 from 11am-12pm!

Places are limited and book up quickly, so reserve HERE to avoid disappointment!


Along with colleagues, Dr Karen Milton (University of East Anglia) and Dr Justin Richards (University of Sydney), Dr Paul Kelly (University of Edinburgh) devised a Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity course in 2015, and has been delivering it to a wide range of international audiences ever since. This course was developed to address a gap in the field of physical activity promotion for national and institutional research and evaluation capacity. Pragmatic evaluation is based on seven underlying principles: related to realist research and methods; focuses on pragmatic rather than ‘gold standard’ approaches to obtain contextually relevant results within available resources;  often occurs within limited time, budget and resources; utilises theory based assumptions and logic models; often focuses on process evaluation; often allows an understanding of why a programme did or did not work and; prioritises meaningful engagement with stakeholders to positively influence health promotion.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of Pragmatic Evaluation, core principles, models and methods.
  • Explore the relationship between evaluation and research.
  • Learn about worked examples of Pragmatic Evaluations of health promotion programmes.


Dr Paul Kelly, Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health, Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Intended participants:

Researchers, practitioners and students interested in evaluation, pragmatic methods, health promotion and physical activity.


Places are limited and book up fast. To avoid disappointment, book on Eventbrite now!

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