Theupstreamboat.com sails upstream. It powers through evidence-informed public health-focused behavioural theories, intervening models, frameworks, and tools.

The boat mission:

To improve access to published literature on public health-focused behavioural interventions grounded on the upstream social determinants of health approach.

Behavior Change Wheel

Theupstreamboat.com favours the “behaviour change wheel” because it makes the boat’s journeys easy to navigate.

About the wheel

The wheel creators – Prof. Susan Michie, Lou Atkins, Robert West – have constructed the wheel by stirring 19 behaviour change frameworks through a systematic review.

The wheel consists of a hub and three layers: The innermost layer(green), the middle layer(red), and the outermost layer(ash).

The Behavior Change Wheel:
Michie S, Atkins L, West R. (2014) The Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions. London: Silverback Publishing; www.behaviourchangewheel.com

The COM-B analyses the behaviour; based on its findings, one has to choose one or more interventions from the middle layer. The outer rim of the wheel contains seven policy categories, again we have to choose, that create favourable environments for the implementations of the chosen interventions, and more importantly to maintain the new behaviours.