Most CPD, and other forms of health professional training, aim to change the practice of people attending. Sometimes this is following new clinical guidelines, implementing new local practices, changing the way a service is delivered.. the list is endless.
Despite the aim being behaviour change, our courses are mostly not designed to change behaviour, nor are they evaluated using behavioural theories.
We measure behaviour, proxies for behaviour (intention and expectation) and, crucially, we measure the scientifically proven influences on behaviour – those things that make behaviour more or less likely after interventions. By measuring these before and after training, or other intervention, we can support quality improvement, educational and training development, and other interventions to improve health care.