NEWS3 August 2010

House of Lords to hold behaviour change inquiry

Government UK

UK— Behaviour change interventions are all the rage in the Conservative–Liberal Democrat government – but are they all they are cracked up to be, asks the House of Lords?

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has set up a sub-committee led by Baroness Neuberger to conduct an inquiry into the effectiveness of behaviour change programmes in achieving government policy goals and helping to meet social challenges.

A key question the committee will be asking is whether the government’s current behaviour change interventions are evidence-based and subject to robust evaluation.

Two case studies will be conducted as part of the inquiry, the first of which will look at the success or otherwise of attempts to reduce obesity. The subject of the second case study will be decided later.

Interested parties can download the full call for evidence here. Written evidence must be submitted no later than 8 October.