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Briefing Note - Fostering Evidence-informed Policy Making: Uncertainty Versus Ambiguity
 624 K by Paul Cairney for the NCCHPP, 2019.

Webinar - Punctuated Equilibrium Model for Influencing Public Policies: Practical Implications for Public Health. Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

An Introduction to Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Understanding Stability and Dramatic Change in Public Policies
 632 K

Keywords in Healthy Public Policy
 871 K

Understanding Policy Developments and Choices Through the “3-i” Framework: Interests, Ideas and Institutions
 624 K

Evidence and Healthy Public Policy: Insights from Health and Political Sciences
 171 K  By Dr. Patrick Fafard for the NCCHPP, 2008.

Policy frameworks and public health influence
 292 K  Presentation by François Benoit at the NCCPH Summer Institute 2008.

Annotated Bibliography: Public Policy Processes
729 K

EBPM - Evidence-based Policy Making. On the site Paul Cairney: Politics and Public Policy.

Tools for Policy Impact: A Handbook for Researchers.
 920 K. Start, D. and Hovland, I. (2004). Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  Available on the site of the ODI.

An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making. Third Edition. Birkland, T.A. (2010). M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Abstract available on the site of M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies. 2nd Ed. Kingdon, J.W. (2003). Longman. Description available on the site of Pearson Higher Education.

L'étude des politiques publiques Third edition. Lemieux, V. (2009). Les Presses de l'Université Laval. Abstract available on the site of Les Presses de l'Université Laval. In French only.

Gouverner par les instruments Lascoumes, P. and De Galès, P., Eds. (2005). Abstract available on the site of SciencesPo - Les Presses. In French only.

l'espace politique.  "Online journal of political geography and geopolitics." On the website of In French only.

Marianne Jacques  


Coming soon
Public Policy 101: Accessible summaries of approaches to address public policy processes.

Photo: Reflections/facets. © Ola Dusegård

We are currently developing a series of fact sheets to introduce different public policy frameworks. Their purpose is to provide theoretical models to help readers better understand the various factors that influence policy choices and decisions, so as to better navigate the policy sector.

With these documents, we hope to provide public health actors with different perspectives on how to address public policies in such a way that this knowledge can be put to use in practice.

As these short documents are published, we will announce them in our e-bulletin. If you would like to subscribe, simply click here.

We recently published a practical guide for public policy analysis. It offers a structured process based on an analytical framework with a public health perspective, while integrating other major policy-making concerns.

This guide is meant for public health actors who are called upon to work on healthy public policies and who are looking for tools to help them meet the information needs of policy makers.

To find out more, click here

We also offered a workshop entitled "Assessing political acceptability through an analysis of the actors involved" during the 2012 National Collaborating Centres for Public Health Summer Institute. In this workshop, François Gagnon presented a framework for analyzing the different actors involved in a policy field. This framework allowed participants to examine the ways in which actors define problems and the solutions they opt for.

Click here to view the presentation.

François Gagnon also gave a presentation during a training session for the members of the Table de concertation nationale en santé publique (Québec's public health roundtable), which brought together various public health directors from Québec. The workshop, entitled "Health Inequalities: for a strategic analysis of governmentality", was designed to provide an analytical framework for assessing the political viability of different interventions for reducing health inequalities. 

Photo: © Ola Dusegård


In the last few months, the NCCHPP has been conducting various knowledge exchange activities on public policy.
We have already produced some publications which lay the groundwork by way of a conceptual orientation in this area.

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.