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Free Online 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
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Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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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

Public Policies on Nutrition Labelling: Effects and Implementation Issues - A Knowledge Synthesis
This document shows how the new method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies proposed by the NCCHPP has been applied to study nutrition-labelling policies.
Published in February, 2011.  DescriptionDownload   1.04 MB.
This document illustrates the knowledge synthesis method adapted to public policies that the Centre has developed. It offers a practical overview of how to use this method to study a public policy (in the present case, nutrition labelling), and the results that it can produce: a knowledge synthesis presenting a host of evidence relevant to decision makers.

Methodological issues aside, decision makers and professionals in the healthy eating and nutrition sectors may be interested by the knowledge gathered in this document.

Numerous debates have emerged in recent years on the subject of nutrition labelling on pre-packaged foods and on restaurant menus. This knowledge synthesis is the first to document together the effectiveness of nutrition labelling in the fight against obesity, as well as its unintended effects, its equity-related issues, its costs, its feasibility, and its acceptability to stakeholders.

In order to gather knowledge on these different aspects in as comprehensive and as contextually-relevant a way as possible, different means were put to use: constructing the logic model for nutrition labelling, reviewing the scientific and grey literatures, and organizing deliberative processes to gather the experiential knowledge of Canadian stakeholders involved in the fight against obesity.

Public Policies on Nutrition Labelling: Effects and Implementation Issues
A Knowledge Synthesis
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Also available: a shorter document presenting the highlights of the knowledge synthesis on nutrition labelling.

Highlights - Public Policies on Nutrition Labelling: Effects and Implementation Issues
A Knowledge Synthesis
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For a full picture of the method for synthesizing knowledge that was used (and which the NCCHPP developed specifically for the study of public policies), please consult the following documents:

Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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Summary - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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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.