The Center for Promotion and Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) researchers from UMass Lowell and the University of Connecticut designed and field tested all of the materials contained in this online tool -- from the program startup materials to the intervention worksheets and guides.
Read about the research methods used to develop the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program Toolkit:
Field Tests of a Participatory Ergonomics Toolkit for Total Worker Health. Nobrega S, Kernan L, Plaku-Alakbarova B, Robertson M, Warren N, Henning R; the CPH-NEW Research Team. Applied Ergonomics. 2017; 60: 366-379.
The heart of the program is a 7-step planning tool called IDEAS – Intervention Design and Analysis Scorecard. The scorecard approach helps front-line employees develop a comprehensive business case that analyzes costs, benefits, barriers and opportunities for each proposed solution. Worksheets and quick reference guides walk you through each step in the process. Read about the IDEAS Tool in these peer-reviewed publications: