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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

Workshop - A Knowledge Synthesis Method to Effectively Inform Decision Makers About Public Policies - JASP 2012
The Centre's Florence Morestin and Julie Castonguay led a workshop during Québec's Journées Annuelles de Santé Publique (JASP - Annual Public Health Days) in Montréal on November 26, 2012.
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This one-day workshop, held in French, was intended for public health professionals who are expected to produce knowledge syntheses to inform policy makers.

A Knowledge Synthesis Method to Effectively Inform Decision Makers about Public Policies 
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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.

To read more on the JASP 2012 website, to view a short video description of the workshop, click here (Note: this site is in French).

The Centre has again offered this methodological workshop at JASP as part of a series of workshops on the method for synthesizing knowledge about public policies that we have organized during 2011 and 2012. Click on the links to find out more or to read the PPT slides from TOPHC (April 2012), from CPHA (June 2011) or from JASP (November 2011). 
The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.