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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?
669 K

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

Methodological Challenges and Perspectives on Knowledge Synthesis in Public Policy
François-Pierre Gauvin and Marie-Christine Hogue presented the Centre's knowledge synthesis project on public policy and obesity, at the 19th International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference, held in Vancouver in June 2007. 
Published in June, 2007.  DescriptionDownload   456 K.
This presentation was made early in the development of the project to develop a method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies, using the case of obesity as a focal point around which the model was developed and tested.

The presentation focuses on some of the methodological challenges encountered and proposes some solutions for addressing them. Notably, the questions include: What kinds of evidence can and should be used to inform decision making? How can different kinds of evidence be brought together? How can we analyze and compare different kinds of policies? A key element of this method is that deliberative processes are used: their purpose is to “allow for dialogue and critical examination of the issues [to] facilitate the integration of knowledge that guides decision-making” (Slide 20). 

Synthesising Knowledge on Healthy Public Policy
Challenges and Methodological Perspectives
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