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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
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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

Summary - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge about Public Policies
This seven-page summary outlines the method proposed by the NCCHPP for overcoming the difficulties underlying the study of public policies.
Published in February 2011.  DescriptionDownload  104 K.
Because the study of public policies involves particular challenges, the Centre has developed a knowledge synthesis method that is adapted to meet them.

This method enables one to document the effects and equity of the policies under study, as well as implementation issues of interest 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 collect contextual information.
This document summarizes, in a few pages, the main points relating to this knowledge synthesis method.

Summary - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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For readers who are interested in practical advice about how to apply this method, we invite you to consult the full-length report:

Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies
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New – The NCCHPP will soon offer 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.