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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.

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Workshop - Evidence of What? A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies - CPHA 2013
The Centre's Julie Castonguay led this 90-minute workshop during the Canadian Public Health Association's annual conference in Ottawa.
June 2013.  DescriptionDownload   536 K
What are the main questions policy makers ask when making decisions about a proposed healthy public policy? On what topics do we need evidence? Public health actors may be called upon to work on public policies and therefore interact with policy makers at different levels. However, they often find that the content of their discourse does not meet all of the evidence needs of policy makers.

Evidence of What? A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies
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This workshop, held on June 12th 2013, introduced a framework for analyzing public policies developed by the NCCHPP. The framework is guided by a public health perspective while at the same time taking into account policy makers' concerns. The evidence needed for policy making is categorized under six dimensions: effectiveness in preventing health problems, unintended effects, equity, financial costs, feasibility, and acceptability.

This workshop provided the tools for completing such an analysis and offered hands-on experience through exercises in small groups.

To learn more about this analytical framework, read our practical guide or register for our online course.

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