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FREE online training course – A framework for analyzing public policies

Constructing a Logic Model for a Healthy Public Policy: Why and How?
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A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies – Practical Guide
643 K

Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
  323 K

What Works for Health: Policies and Programs that can Improve Health  - A directory of short descriptions of different public policies. Each summarizes the data about the policy's effectiveness and provides a few indications about its implementation and its impact on inequalities. On the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps site (USA).

Prevention Policy Directory. A regularly updated, searchable inventory of Canadian policies as well as legal instruments (legislation, regulations, codes). The Directory is on Cancerview Canada.

How can the health equity impact of universal policies be evaluated? Insights into approaches and next steps
6.26 MB. Milton, B., et al. (Eds.) (2011). On the site of the World Health Organization. 

Practitioner opinions on health promotion interventions that work: Opening the “black box” of a linear evidence-based approach. Kok, M., et al. (2012). Social Science and Medicine, 74, 715-723. doi:10.1016/j. socscimed.2011.11.021   Abstract on the site PubMed.

Assessing equity in systematic reviews: realising the recommendations of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Tugwell, P., et al. (2010). BMJ 2010; 341: bmj.c4739. On the site of the BMJ.

Real world reviews: A beginner's guide to undertaking systematic reviews of public health policy interventions. Bambra, C. (2009). Abstract available on the site the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech.2009.088740 

Conceptualizing and Combining Evidence for Health System Guidance.  By Lomas, J., et al. (2005). Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF). On the site of the CHSRF

Systematic reviews in social policy: To go foward, do we first need to look back? By Pearson, M. 2007. In Evidence & Policy : A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 3 (4) pp. 505-526. Abstract on the site of ingentaConnect.

Florence Morestin

Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
The Centre proposes this method as a way to overcome the difficulties underlying the study of public policies.
Published in September, 2010.  DescriptionDownload  323 K.
Public policy can act as a lever for action that affects population health. Therefore, public health actors are called upon to produce knowledge syntheses in order to inform decision makers during the promotion, adoption and implementation of public policies. But studying these policies raises specific challenges.

Drawing inspiration from political science, literature on evidence-informed decision making in public health, literature on evaluation and on deliberative processes, the NCCHPP has developed a knowledge synthesis method that is applicable to public policies.

Using this method, one can document the effects and equity of the policies under study, as well as implementation issues of concern to decision makers (costs, feasibility, acceptability), based on the construction of logic models, on the scientific and grey literatures, and on deliberative processes organized to gather contextual information.

Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies  
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Summary - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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New – The NCCHPP now offers an online training course on the framework for analyzing public policies drawn from this method. To learn more, please click here.

For an example of the application of this method, see our synthesis of knowledge on public policies on nutrition labelling, available in long or in summary versions:

Public Policies on Nutrition Labelling: Effects and Implementation Issues
A Knowledge Synthesis
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Highlights - Public Policies on Nutrition Labelling: Effects and Implementation Issues
A Knowledge Synthesis
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The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.