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2019 Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge


What makes for an exceptional positive organizational intervention?

The Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge (POIC) gives students, practitioners, and researchers an opportunity to innovate positive psychology interventions for the workplace. Over the next few months, challenge participants will develop an intervention based on established research findings. Three finalists will present their interventions at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia.

Competition Timeline

March 1– Engage submission section open
May 3 – **Extended** Proposal deadline
May 5– Online voting
May 15 – Finalists announced
July 18-21 – Finalists present at WCPP

Proposal Guidelines

Submissions for the Challenge are invited from all IPPA Work & Organizations Division members. Individuals or small teams of up to three (3) people are invited to submit a POIC proposal. Submit your proposal as a reply to the Discussion entry at the top of the Work & Organization Division’s Engage landing page.

Please read the following guidelines carefully. Submission not meeting these guidelines will not be considered.

Cover page + no more than three (3) pages
1-inch margins
12 point, Times New Roman font
APA format

Up to three authors
All authors must be members of IPPA’s WOD

Eligible Interventions
The POIC is intended to spur conversation and innovation through the integration of recent research findings and innovative field application into the intervention design process, so submissions are restricted to:

  • Untested interventions currently under design
  • Interventions that have or will have (by the WCPP) undergone uncompensated testing, either internal trials (“alpha” tests) or trials with “friendly” externals (“beta” tests)

Ineligible Interventions
The POIC is not a venue for getting feedback on interventions that have or will have (by the WCPP) undergone commercial field applications or compensated trials.

Proposal Elements
Identify and describe a common organizational issue that positive psychology could have a role in addressing
Identify established research findings that indicate a course of action for alleviating the issue
Describe an organizational intervention that applies the research findings to an organizational setting

Evaluation of Proposals
Submissions will be evaluated by Work & Organizations Division members and advisors based on the following criteria.

Case for Intervention
Call for Positive Approach: how does a positive approach add value that traditional approaches do not?
Breadth of Issue: how wide-ranging is the presenting problem?
Importance, Impact and Outcomes: What outcomes are at stake for the organization?

Integration of Positive Psychology
Theory: What theory or theories offer the initial indication that a positive approach will add unique value?
Research Findings: What evidence from research findings indicates that the intervention will have a significant effect?
Creativity: Does the proposed intervention apply positive psychology in a novel way?

Intervention Design
Does the intervention design provide:
A description of specific and relevant actions …
… in a specific order …
… over a specified time frame?
Achievable and measurable outcomes?

Where flexibility in the intervention along any of the above criteria is called for, the range of possible design choices is appropriate. Such ranges and a discussion of how a specific design element is determined should be included in the proposal.

Questions? Please email

For more information or to submit your proposal, log into IPPA’s member community and visit this page.

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News from POIC 2017

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