Half Day Workshops

Half Day Workshops

EHPS 2023 will accommodate three (3) half day workshops, which will be held on Monday 4th of September 2023. All half day workshops will start at 14:00. Conference attendees who wish to participate in these workshops will be required to register and pay the appropriate fee. Details on the workshop registration process can be found at https://2023.ehps.net/registration. Please note that this year the half day workshops, as well as the full day workshops will be held in parallel.

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Knowing what you’re talking about: creating comprehensive construct definitions and making them useful in practice.


A theory and measurement crisis have been argued to be root causes of psychology’s credibility crisis. In both, the lack of conceptual clarification and the jingle-jangle jungle at the construct definition level as well the measurement level play a central role. One way forward is producing more comprehensive construct definitions that are linked to corresponding instructions for quantitative and qualitative research (https://doi.org/jnjp).

In this workshop, we will introduce this problem and three open-source technical tools: the R package {psyverse}, the Constructor Shiny App, and the PsyCoRe construct repository. Workshop participants will then work on producing a comprehensive construct definition and instructions for working with that construct in practice.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have produced a construct definition with a Unique Construct Identifier, along with instructions for developing measurement instruments for that construct, identifying measurement instruments as measuring that construct in a systematic review, eliciting construct content in qualitative research, and coding qualitative data as informative about the construct.

1) Objectives:

After this workshop, participants:

… will have been introduced to the problematic state of construct definitions in (health) psychology.

… will be familiar with approaches to develop comprehensive construct definitions.

… will be familiar with the aforementioned open-source tools.

… have produced a comprehensive construct definition, attached a Unique Construct Identifier to it, and stored in it PsyCoRe.one

2) Activities:

Interactive presentation to introduce the problem and a solution.

Group work (comprehensive construct definitions)

Share experiences and discuss problems and challenges.

Group work (construct-specific instructions); coffee/tea break included in this slot.

Share experiences and discuss further steps.

3) The intended participants:

Researchers, practitioners, or policymakers who work with constructs. So, anybody, really.

4) The maximum number of participants:


5) Offered for online participation:


6) Detailed Program:

Morning Half-Day Session


Convenors / Facilitators

Gjalt-Jorn Peters, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands


Rik Crutzen, Maastricht University, Netherlands



Patient involvement in health research


Calls for proposals as well as journals are increasingly calling for patients to be involved in all phases of a research process – from the identification of a research question to the dissemination of research results.

1) Objectives:

  •  the field of participatory research will first be defined more precisely. It will be explained who can be involved at which level and at which stages of the research process.
  •  opportunities for patient involvement in research projects are then presented on the basis of practical examples. Participants will reflect on benefits and challenges of patient involvement
  • initiatives to support the implementation of patient involvement in different countries are introduced and contrasted.
  • quality criteria and the evaluation of patient involvement of health research are discussed

2) Activities:

Participants will discuss their attitudes to and experiences with patient involvement. Participants can actively develop a patient involvement plan for their research projects. They will give and receive feedback for the developed involvement plans.

3) The intended participants:

Early stage researchers who are interested in including participatory elements in their research projects.

3) Maximum number of Participants:


4) Offered for online particiaption:


5) Detailed Program:

Afternoon Half-Day Session


Convenor / Facilitator:

Anna Levke Brütt, Oldenburg, Germany



Qualitative research in the age of open science: the Reproducible Open Coding Kit (ROCK)


The Reproducible Open Coding Kit (the ROCK) is a standard to code plain text files, designed to be both human- and machine-readable; such a dataset can be further processed in a variety of software packages. The ROCK standard has been implemented in two Free/Libre Open Source Software packages: the iROCK interface for coding transcripts and the R package `rock` for processing and analysing coded transcripts.

In this workshop, participants will learn to use the iROCK interface to code transcripts, and the `rock` package to clean data, merge codes from coded transcripts, process deductive and inductive code trees, inspect the coded fragments either overall or based on participant attributes, and export the results to a comma separated values file.

1) Objectives:

After this workshop, participants:

… will have developed a basic understanding of methodological considerations in qualitative research through the ROCK standard

… can prepare qualitative sources for coding using the `rock` R package

… can code sources using the iROCK interface

… can merge coded sources using the `rock` R package

… can analyse qualitative datasets using the `rock` R package

2) Activities:

  • Interactive presentation (overview of the ROCK and problems it addresses)
  • Coding qualitative sources with the iROCK interface and setting attributes
  • Importing coded sources and conducting additional analyses

Note that although the workshop offers some hands-on training in qualitative research, the focus of the workshop is on data processing, not on theory and background

3) The intented participants:

Researchers & practitioners who (want to) conduct qualitative research

4) The maximum number of participants:


5) Available for online participation:


6)Detailed Program:

Afternoon Half-Day Session


Convenors / Facilitators:

Szilvia Zörgő, Maastricht University, Netherlands


Gjalt-Jorn Peters, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands