INVESThub

Platform for social experiments and interventions

INVESThub focuses on interventions, experimental and quasi experimental methods. We conduct cutting-edge research on evidence-based interventions in early life, and other studies that are aimed at improving the efficiency of the current welfare state institutions.

INVESThub strengthens the research of interventions and social experiments within the INVEST Research Flagship. Research on the societal and individual conditions and mechanisms involved at different periods of life enables our researchers to evaluate and further develop various universal and targeted interventions to improve the efficiency of the current welfare state institutions.

INVESThub is an unique new collaboration which combines the experimental decision-making research with the welfare state research made at the INVEST Research Flagship Centre. We co-operate with PALO (Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making) project and PCRClab (Public Choice Research Center Decision Laboratory), which both study decision-making.

 

Who we are?

Kirsi Peltonen Associate Professor, Head of Unit, INVESTHub, PhD in Psychology
Tiina Turunen Senior researcher, PhD in Psychology
Hector Bahamonde
Héctor Bahamonde Senior Researcher, PhD in Political Science
Aki Koivula Senior Researcher, PhD in Social Sciences
Esther Mbih Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD in Economics

News and updates

Happy new year!

INVESThub starts its year with piloting new Workshop Tracks concept. First workshops will be held on 17th of January in which Sami Ahonen will be presenting his research group’s plans for their study: Framing climate policies through climate change mitigation, economic benefits and energy security – an experimental approach. Also, Anniina Kaittila will be presenting  her research group’s  plans for continuation of their research FinSoc which focuses on social work interventions. These both workshops open up a very interesting platform to approach and brainstorm practical matters of studies in their early stages. The second part of the workshops will be arranged in May, and that time we will have a follow up for these groups and hear how their studies have succeeded.

INVESThub will arrange atleast four Brownbag Sessions in the Spring. In these sessions, we will hear a very interesting presentations on soscial experiments and interventions from different fields of sciences. The details will be updated on this page below.

Updated 17.1.2024: Thank you so much to all participants for the first Workshop Tracks! Read more about this event below from the accordion “Workshop Tracks”. 

 

Other latest news

Updated on September 2023

Autumn 2023 will be very active for INVESThub. We are now contacting researchers and inviting them to visit our Brown Bag Sessions. The schedule for that will be released soon. Also, we will gather together in November to plan our upcoming Workshop Tracks. The basic idea is to search and offer a consultance for reaserch group which is doing research on social experiments and inteventions. Our aim is to arrange a series of workshops with this group during the year 2024. In these workshops, the aim is to support the group by sharing our expertise and to brainstorm ideas. The idea is to follow up the development of their work for the whole year. And as an exhange, this kind of action will naturally offer us possibilities to develop our own research activity.  Stay tuned for more!

We also decided to have an own visual look. Our brilliant Jonne Värikäs desingned us a logo which is built up from some of INVEST flagship’s elements mixed with some own elements. So, from now on, you can recognize us from the following figure:

 

Updated on June 2023

In early June 2023, INVESThub team gathered for a strategy seminar in Villa Paradise, located in a stunningly beatiful Noux. The aim of the seminar was to plan actions of the hub in the near future but also in long terms. The hub will bring more it’s expertise in teaching and naturally the research activity will be active. Also, searching for a new funding opportunities will be under the radar.  For other practices, we are going to launch a new concept of workshops. And last but not least, the Brown Bags Series will continue with exciting research presentations in the Fall 2023.  Stay tuned and see you soon!

Updated on Spring 2023

In early June 2023, INVESThub team gathered for a strategy seminar in Villa Paradise, located in a stunningly beatiful Noux. The aim of the seminar was to plan actions of the hub in the near future but also in long terms. The hub will bring more it’s expertise in teaching and naturally the research activity will be active. Also, searching for a new funding opportunities will be under the radar.  For other practices, we are going to launch a new concept of workshops. And last but not least, the Brown Bags Series will continue with exciting research presentations in the Fall 2023.  Stay tuned and see you soon!

In early June 2023, INVESThub team gathered for a strategy seminar in Villa Paradise, located in a stunningly beatiful Noux. The aim of the seminar was to plan actions of the hub in the near future but also in long terms. The hub will bring more it’s expertise in teaching and naturally the research activity will be active. Also, searching for a new funding opportunities will be under the radar.  For other practices, we are going to launch a new concept of workshops. And last but not least, the Brown Bags Series will continue with exciting research presentations in the Fall 2023.  Stay tuned and see you soon!

Updated on Spring 2023

The Spring 2023 will be very active and interresting in INVESThub. Kirsi Peltonen started as an Associate Professor and Docent Aki Koivula as a senor researcher. Also, recruiting an IT-specialist to support research is progressing. We will coninue our Brownbag Sessions to offer a nice forum to present and share ideas for social experiments. There will be nice presentations from different fields of science. As a new thing, the seminars will also be streamed. There are also other events coming up so stay tuned! To be mentioned, the Hub will also have an own parallel session in the next INVEST Scientific Seminar.

UPDATE 17th of March 2023

Warmest thanks to Nevena Kulic for great collaboration and seminar presentation!

Title of the speech:

Awareness of gender and educational inequality and support for school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey experiment

 

UPDATE 24.4.2023.

Warmest thanks to Mikko Leino, Katariina Kulha and Maija Setälä for presenting a very interresting plans for the research in FACTOR project. They introduced us how to build a research desing for the study: Three ‘types’ of climate deliberation – a lab-in-the-field experiment. The discussion was very active and fruitful. It gave the group good  some ideas and advice for supporting the succesful compliation of the study!

Meeting and discussion

ACTIVITIES

INVESThub Brown Bags Series

At the INVESThub organizes a series of monthly “INVESThub Brown Bags” in which we gather around informal yet committed presentations. The objective is to strengthen the research community interested in experimental work by sharing ideas, comments and questions.

We encourage you to come to give a presentation and discuss about your work.

Would you like to reserve a session time? Please contact Héctor Bahamonde Norambuena: hibano@utu.fi

Brown Bag Sessions Spring 2024

The schedule for the Spring 2024 is the following

January 18th at 11-13: Samuli Kangaslampi

The session will be held ecxeptionally in zoom: https://utu.zoom.us/my/bahamondeh

Title of the speech: Psychedelic Research – Findings, Questions, Challenges

Abtract:

Psychedelics are back in science. They are being studied as psychiatric treatments, used as tools in neuroscientific and consciousness research, and the social and philosophical implications of their increasing use is actively. There is increasing media hype and entire psychedelic industries have even appeared.

In this talk, I briefly introduce the background to the current wave of research into psychedelics and then present some of my empirical and theoretical work related to psychedelic-induced mystical experiences, methodological issues in psychedelic research, and MDMA-assisted treatment of PTSD. I then describe some ideas and avenues for future research, and finally explore some of the practical, ethical, methodological, and philosophical questions and challenges involved in psychedelics as a rather unique and sometimes controversial research topic.

Investhub brwnbag session invitation


February 15th Publicum faculty meeting room KH149 first floor 11-13: Maija Jäske

Also in Zoom: https://utu.zoom.us/my/bahamondeh

Title of the speech: “How do the design features and the outcome affect public trust in an advisory mini-public: A survey experiment”

Abtract:

Deliberative mini-publics have become widely used and studied forms of citizen participation during the last few decades (OECD, 2020). They engage a randomly selected group of lay citizens in hearing experts, discussing in respectful environment and forming collective opinions to support decision-makers in politics and governance. Recent empirical studies have found that mini-publics can be trusted sources of information and instruments for policy-making among voters outside the deliberative forum as well (e.g. Knobloch et al. 2019; Suiter and Reidy 2020; Setälä et al. 2020). In this paper, we examine how information regarding the design features of an advisory mini-public and its policy recommendations affect the wider public’s legitimacy, especially trust, in the mini-public. Our population-based factorial survey experiment is based on an actual mini-public, organized in Finland in Spring 2021. Commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment, the purpose of the Citizens’ Jury was to provide input to the preparation of the national Medium-Term Climate Change Policy Plan.


March 7th Publicum faculty meeting room KH149 first floor 11-13: Oskari Lahtinen


April 18th Publicum faculty meeting room KH149 first floor 11-13: Kaisa Herne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop tracks

Workshop Tracks Part I. January 2024. Reseach desings and plans

Welcome to our first Workshop Tracks will be arranged on 17th of January.

There are two research groups presenting their plans:

  • Sami Ahonen, Aino Tiihonen & Mikko Leino (FACTOR project): Framing climate policies through climate change mitigation, economic benefits and energy security – an experimental approach.
  • Anniina Kaittila’s research group: Continuation of FinSoc project which focuses on social work interventions

Update 17.1.2024. Thank you so much for the very first pilot Workshop for all participants!

Kirsi Peltonen:

“Planning a high quality social experiment or -intervention is not easy. Lots of smalll (and also big) descisions to make regarding the design and setting. Would be nice to have a group of people from different fields to consider those decisions with you?

Would also be nice to come back to those people after the trial and discuss what decisions were actually made, how did it went, what was succesfull and what was not. We at INVESTHub started the Workshop Tracks today to support the research groups or individual researchers with their experimental trials from the beginning to the end. Lots of notes taken, lots of laugh and lots of knowledge in this room today.”

Seminar room and participants

Seminar rooom and presenters

Workshop Tracks Part II. May 2024. Follow up

The follow up workshop will be arranged 6th of May 2024, 10.00-15.00.

More information TBA.

Sessions in INVEST Scientific Seminars

INVESThub in INVEST conference May 15.5.17.5.2024

INVESThub will take part in the INVEST Conference: Digitalization, social inequality and behavioural change ,15–17 May 2024 Turku, Finland.

More information coming during the Spring!

Pincipal investigators of the INVESThub