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Deliberations about Deliberative Methods: Issues in the design and evaluation of public participation processes. Abelson, J., et al. (2003).  Social Science and Medicine, 57(2): 239-251. Available on the site of the Canadian Policy Research Networks.

L'impératif délibératif. Sintomer, Y. & Blondiaux, L. (2002).  Politix – Revue des sciences sociales du politique, 15(57): 17-35. (On the site of Persee. In French only.)

Citizen Engagement in Health Casebook. On the site of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Canadian Policy Research Networks

Institut du Nouveau Monde (In French only)

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At the invitation of the Canadian Population Health Initiative – Canadian Institute for Health Information (CPHI – CIHI), the Centre collaborated to co-present a workshop on June 13, 2012 at the Canadian Public Health Association Conference. This workshop, Using Deliberative Processes to Inform the Development and Application of Knowledge Syntheses, set out to present and explore deliberative processes as means to support the development, synthesis and sharing of knowledge as well as policy development. The three presentations from this workshop are online. To learn more, click here.

Photo: dalbera. Source:        As we write this update, we are in the final stages of recording two audio/PPT introductions to deliberative processes.

Each will be 15- 20 minutes in length, with the first offering a general introduction to deliberative processes by showing how they can support the development of healthy public policies, and the second focusing on evaluating deliberative processes.

Both will be available online in English and French in March 2013. We will announce their availability via our e-Bulletin as well as on these pages. 

In March 2013, the Centre's Julie St-Pierre will be taking a course in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement through a distance program at Kansas State University.

Please contact us to let us know about how you are using deliberation (or how you would like to do so) or to let us know about resources that you could use to advance your work.

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During recent months, the Centre has continued to add to the stock of resources available to public health actors about deliberative processes.
In recent months, the NCCHPP adopted an innovative approach by looking at how deliberative tools and frameworks could be useful and relevant for addressing ethical issues in public health. 
The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.