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Online Training Course – A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies

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A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies – Practical Guide
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Annotated Bibliography: Analyzing 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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Online Continuing Training Course – A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies
A new online training course on public policy analysis is now being offered by the NCCHPP. 
Updated in November 2016. Description.

Something new will arrive early in 2017: we will be making the training course free to all, accessible at no charge on a new platform.

To be informed of the launch, subscribe to our mailing list on Analyzing Public Policies. To subscribe, click here.

General Information

Public health actors are increasingly called upon to inform the policy-making process because public policies are a lever for action that affects the determinants of health.

This online training offers a structured approach to analyzing public policies. This approach is based on an analytical framework that reflects a public health perspective, while at the same time integrating other concerns of policy makers.

This course becomes accessible to participants 24/7 upon registration. It takes from 6 to 8 hours to complete the course (45% reading the material in the modules, 55% exercises). It is made of four self-paced modules presented on a user-friendly platform, allowing you to progress at your own pace. 

The École de santé publique of the Université de Montréal (University of Montréal's School of Public Health) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ – Québec's Public Health Institute) recognize 0.7 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for this training course. One CEU represents 10 hours of training.

Course Overview

Target Audience

The course is intended for professionals and managers active in the public health sector and in non-governmental organizations, or for any person interested in analyzing healthy public policies.

Learning Objectives

This online course will enable participants to make use of a framework for analyzing public policies in order to inform policy makers in the context of healthy public policy development.
On completing this online training, you will be able to:
• Recognize situations in which the analytical framework would be useful;
• Describe the analytical framework;
• Decide how to conduct the analysis given the circumstances in which it is being produced. 

Learning Methods

• Theoretical explanations
• Concrete examples
• Interactive and reflective exercises with detailed answer keys (24 exercises).

This online training is based on a briefing note published by the NCCHPP, but it goes much further in presenting enriched content (additional explanations and examples, resources to go futher) and 24 interactive exercises with detailed answer keys. These exercises, dealing with various current public health topics will enable you to integrate the material more effectively, thus enabling you to make use of the framework yourself.

This training course was designed to be taken individually. However, if you and your colleagues registered for the course more or less concurrently, you could take the opportunity to discuss what you learned along with them, as well as look for possible links with your team's or organization's projects. Click here to read a few points of clarification in case you would like to use this option, and suggested questions for group discussion

To register

Registration is done individually, and is possible anytime.

The registration fee is $225 CDN (plus applicable taxes).

Registration and payment by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) are done online simultaneously.

Important messages :
- The choice of the language of the training course is made at registration and cannot be modified. To register for the training course in French, click here.
- Access to the online platform is for a limited duration of 3 months. A reminder will be sent by e-mail one month prior to the closure of your account.
- Your access codes for the online platform will be sent to you by e-mail within a maximum of 5 working days following your registration. 

Please read carefully the information on usage conditions, reimbursement policy, and basic technological prerequisites here.


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