Online module

Evaluating effectiveness of strategies

30 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

This module steps you through the methods and processes you can use to identify whether a particular intervention has been effective, and how effective it has been. We use agitation as an example.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Community Care , Mixed , Respite Care

This module is part of the course:

Understanding responsive behaviours

Evaluating effectiveness of strategies

Evaluating effectiveness of strategies


This module has four sections:

  • 1
    Process of evaluating effectiveness and comparison with goals
    • We first consider what success might look like and indicators of effectiveness.
  • 2
    • This section explores agitation as a responsive behaviour, methods of assessing and measuring it, and potential interventions.
  • 3
    Case study part 1
    • This section introduces Joyce, her history of agitation and assessing her symptoms.
  • 4
    Case study part 2
    • Continues Joyce's story and steps through setting-up monitoring responses for interventions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Explain the important features of evaluating interventions to determine the level of effectiveness
  • Outline some key elements related to the assessment of a person with dementia experiencing agitation
  • Identify outcomes that indicate the level of effectiveness of interventions used in the case study

Continuing Professional Education

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon completion of this module.


The Understanding Responsive Behaviours online course was developed at DTA, QUT by Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Liz Miles and Sandra Jeavons, with Martin van de Weyer and the Smart Sparrow team. This resource is based on a training program originally developed by the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre at QUT.

The team acknowledges members of the expert panel who shared their advice and insights in video segments throughout the course:

  • Professor Nancy Pachana, Co-Director, Ageing Mind Initiative, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Eddy Strivens, Regional Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation Services, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service
  • Dr David Lie, Director, Older Persons Mental Health Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

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