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Now being offered for free: Our 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

Framework for Analyzing Public Policies
The Centre's Florence Morestin presented a framework for analyzing public policies as part of a workshop on public policies, organized and presented in collaboration with Maude Chapados of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.
Published in November 2011.  DescriptionDownload   308 K
This one-day workshop, for local and regional public health professionals in Québec's Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, was held on October 3, 2011.
The presentation that was created for this workshop offers an introduction to the framework for analyzing public policies. Public health actors who want to inform decision makers with relevant evidence for advancing healthy public policies may find this approach useful.

The analytical framework developed by the NCCHPP is guided by a public health perspective and was designed to respond to the information needs related to public policy decision making. It offers the means to focus on six dimensions that are of particular relevance to public policies: effectiveness in preventing health problems, unintended effects, equity (differential effects on different population groups), cost, feasibility, and acceptability. In order to facilitate the use of the analytical framework, a list of elements to document is provided for each of the six dimensions.

Framework for Analyzing Public Policies          
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To learn more and to consult the lists of key questions that can help in the search for useful information to document each dimension, see: 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.