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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
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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.

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Workshop - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge about Public Policies - CPHA 2011
Florence Morestin and François-Pierre Gauvin presented  the NCCHPP's Method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies in a preconference workshop at the Canadian Public Health Association's (CPHA's) annual Conference.
Published in June 2011.  DescriptionDownload  761 K
This half-day workshop, entitled "A method for producing knowledge syntheses on public policies that are both rigorous and relevant to policy makers - Hands-on workshop" was held in Montréal on June 19, 2011.

The objective of this session was to enable participants to apply this method, including: choosing a relevant policy for study; analyzing it; performing a literature review (in a way that differs from literature reviews on simple interventions); and organizing deliberative processes. 

The presentation from this workshop was one of several held from 2010 to 2013. While we have chosen to leave this document available for downloading, we recommend a more recent (and improved-upon) version from JASP 2012, available here.

Producing knowledge syntheses that are both rigorous and relevant to policy makers 
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Please note that the NCCHPP is organizing other training workshops on how to apply the method that we have developed. We are holding a day-long workshop at the Journées annuelles de santé publique - JASP (annual public health days) in Montreal on November 30, 2011. This event, like the CPHA workshop, will be fully bilingual with simultaneous translation available.

Other events in different regions of Canada will be announced throughout 2011-2012.

To consult the description on CPHA's Conference program, click here. (Our workshop is on page 8.)

To learn more:
Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies 

Summary - Method for Synthesizing Knowledge About Public Policies 

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