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FREE online training course – A framework for 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.

Florence Morestin

Online Course – A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies
This online course on public policy analysis is now being offered for free. 
Updated in March 2017. Description.


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Learning Objectives

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.

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.

With this training, you will become better equipped to inform policy makers and promote the development of healthy public policies.

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.

General Information

This course (approximate completion time: 6 to 8 hours) becomes accessible to you 24/7 upon registration, allowing you to progress at your own pace.

It consists of four online modules:

  • Module 1: An analytical framework: When and what for?
  • Module 2: Analyzing the effects of a public policy
  • Module 3: Analyzing the implementation issues associated with a public policy
  • Module 4: How to proceed with the analysis? The various options

The course includes 24 exercises with detailed answer keys, stories from public health colleagues who have used the analytical framework, and a selection of tools and resources to go further.

This training course was designed to be taken individually. However, if you and your colleagues registered for the course 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.

Once you will have completed the training course, you can ask for a certificate of completion.

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