Public health professionals influence the development of healthy public policies. However, few evaluations of the content, implementation and outcomes of these types of policies are conducted. The purpose of this webinar is to apply the ten steps for conducting an evaluation to evaluate healthy public policies (e.g. school nutrition policies, workplace health policies and/or municipal policies). Participants will be oriented to three types of policy evaluations (content, implementation and outcome), the purpose of evaluability assessments and how to design an evaluation plan specific to evaluating healthy public policies. Case examples will be presented.
Allison Meserve is a health promotion consultant focusing on program planning and evaluation on the Health Promotion Capacity Building team at Public Health Ontario. Allison has had various roles in public health over the past fifteen years, including a role as a program manager of a social marketing program targeting youth and as an internal evaluator for a large community based organization. For the past six years, she has been providing evaluation, research and ethics support to public health practitioners.
Kim Bergeron is a health promotion consultant focusing on healthy public policy and by-law development working on the Health Promotion Capacity Building team at Public Health Ontario. She has over nineteen years of experience working within and alongside the Ontario public health system to facilitate multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy, sustainable communities. She has provided consulting services to a number of provincial government programs working towards policy change, program development, and improving standards of practice. Kim holds a doctorate in kinesiology and health studies with a focus on health and the built environment from Queen’s University and a master of health studies from Athabasca University.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand three types of healthy public policy evaluation
• Recognize the importance of an evaluability assessment
• Reflect on how the information provided can be applied to their own work
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