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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

Workshop - A Method for Synthesizing Knowledge to Inform Public Policy Decision Makers - JASP 2011
The Centre's Florence Morestin and François-Pierre Gauvin, in collaboration with Maude Chapados of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, led a workshop during Québec's Journées Annuelles de Santé Publique (Annual Public Health Days) in Montréal on November 30, 2011. 
Published in January 2012.  DescriptionDownload    3.31 MB
This one-day workshop was intended for public health professionals who are expected to produce knowledge syntheses to inform policy makers.

The learning objectives of the day were to enable participants to:

• Use an analytical framework that addresses several dimensions that are relevant to public policies and important to document (effectiveness, unintended effects, equity, cost, feasibility and acceptability).
• Construct the logic model of a public policy in order to guide data collection.
• Develop a literature review strategy that is both rigorous and adapted to public policies.
• Establish the steps to follow to organize deliberative processes in order to enhance the data from the literature review with the expertise of local actors

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.

A new knowledge synthesis method to effectively inform decision makers about public policies
  3.31 MB (100 slides)
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While this workshop was held in French, the materials have been translated into English and are now available.

The NCCHPP is planning other training workshops on this method for synthesizing knowledge. We will be at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) in Toronto on April 3, 2012, where we will offer a three hour workshop on the method. To visit the TOPHC website, click here.

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.