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Reworking the workshop: designing data management workshops to align with behavioral change models

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Elizabeth Wickes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Used both to raise awareness about a variety of topics and provide important experience with tools or skills, the humble workshop is often the centerpiece of outreach repertoire.  However, it is often difficult to critically analyze the effectiveness or understand how to align content.  Behavioral change models, including self-efficacy stage models, are an adaptable framework for this assessment because they provide well-researched classification approaches and have scientific support that stage-specific interventions provide more impact than non-targeted interventions (Bamberg 2013, Nachreiner, et al., 2015, & Schwarzer, 2008). 

This is especially true for data management training, because it attempts to promote long-term behavioral change rather than specific tool training.  Exploring a stage model toward data management behavior change immediately provides outlines for specific behavioral questions and workshop content can be critically analyzed as a targeted interventions.  This presentation will summarize the redesign process to identify and support individuals within specific stages of data management behavior change and showcase some of the open materials published to fit within this framework.  While evaluation continues to be difficult, analyzing our content within these models yielded more informed and critical judgment of content and activities and a basis for future assessment.

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