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Using programme theory to strengthen research protocol and intervention design within an RCT of a walking intervention

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-23
Number of pages19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


This article provides a practical example of how to apply a theory-driven approach to research intervention and protocol design. It illustrates how reflection on both intervention theory and programme theory can inform and refine the: implementation of the intervention; research design; specification of research questions and tools; and, identify the contribution each research stage makes in the accumulation of policy-relevant learning. The article presents the logic models, associated theory and learning from the development of a pilot randomized control trial/feasibility study of a walking intervention targeting older adults.

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