Building your Intervention – The ‘How to...’ Guide

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Contents

The Basics - Building an Intervention and Creating Pages Using LifeGuide

How to create a new intervention within the authoring tool

How to start editing an existing intervention, i.e. how to import a project

How to create a template to use the same formatting on every page of the intervention

How to create a new page in the authoring tool

How to copy entire intervention pages

How to rename an intervention or pages within an intervention

How to see what I have created in the authoring tool, i.e. how to preview your intervention

The Basics - Adding Elements and Editing Pages

How to add text to a page

How to format text on a page

How to change the look and feel of the intervention pages

How to copy and paste items on a page

How to make a page longer

How to align items on the page

How to order or layer items on the page

How to group items together

Adding Multi-media Elements to Your Intervention Pages

How to put images onto your intervention pages

How to put a video or mp3 file onto your intervention page

How to add a graph to your intervention page

How to add a calendar option to your intervention page

Making Your Intervention Pages Do Things

How to put buttons on your intervention pages so that users can move between pages

How to put in hyperlinks to other pages within the intervention

How to put in hyperlinks to external websites

How to put a Word or PDF file onto your intervention page

How to show the intervention pages to the user

How to check whether users have entered a unique value, e.g. Study ID code

How to stop users moving onto the next page before a certain condition has been satisfied

How to show users the current date and time

How to ask users questions and record their responses

How to check whether users have entered valid information

How to allocate users a score based on their answers to a question or series of questions

How to tailor or change the information presented on a page based on information about the user Also describe count if function.

Putting it all Together: How to Make Your Pages Work as an Intervention

How to make sure that users see intervention pages in the correct order

How to show the same page more than once in the intervention

How to break your logic down into smaller sections

How to change what intervention pages are seen according to information about the user

How to save information about users and use it later in the intervention

How to set text as a printed variable

How to use containers

Sharing and commenting on your intervention within your research team

How do I share my intervention with other researchers in my team?

How do I make a comment on an intervention?

How can I show my intervention to everyone on the LifeGuide Community website?

How do I view and export all comments made about my intervention?

Allowing Users to Log In and Out of Your Intervention (login logic)

How to register users to your intervention so that they can log in and out

How to plan login logic

How to make sure that users see the right page when they log back into the intervention

How to make sure that users are sent back to the last seen page when they log back into the intervention

How to let users change their password

How to give users a new password if they have forgotten it

Putting Time Constraints in Your Intervention

How to automatically send an email from your intervention on a certain date

How to show a particular intervention page on a specific date, e.g. showing a 'study has finished' page

How to show a particular intervention page when a specific amount of time has elapsed

Incorporating Research Procedures Within Your Intervention

How to randomise users of the Intervention to a particular group or condition

How to randomise users into two groups

How to randomise users into more than two groups

How to stop users from being randomised twice

How to show follow up questionnaires at the right time

How to use the online version of EQ-5D in your intervention

How to make sure new intervention sessions become available at the right time

Contacting Users of the Intervention

How to automatically send an email to the users of your intervention

How to automatically send an email to you or your research team

How to automatically send an email from your intervention on a certain date

How to stop emails being automatically sent from your intervention (i.e. cancelling emails)

How to automatically send a text message to the users of your intervention

Testing Emails

It Doesn’t Work! Fixing Problems in Your Intervention

How to fix the logic error “...”

Getting the Data you Want from Your Intervention

How to find out how long participants have spent on a specific part of your intervention

How to find out what intervention group users have been randomised to

How to record the time at which users viewed an intervention page or completed a particular section of the intervention

How to record whether or not a user has completed a particular section of the intervention (e.g. a questionnaire)

How do I export data from my intervention?

How do I convert time stamps in my data to readable dates and times?

Testing and Piloting Your Intervention

How to preview your intervention pages to see if they look right and work in the way you expect

How to use the LifeGuide Community Website

Running, Trialling and Evaluating Your Intervention

How to upload your intervention onto the LifeGuide server so that users can see and use it

Personal tools