Public Health Agency of Canada through funding for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) 2010
Available online PDF [65p.] at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/MethodPP_EN.pdf
The objective of this document is to propose a knowledge synthesis method that is applicable to public policies and takes into account not only data linked to their effectiveness, but also data on issues related to their implementation, with the aim of identifying the policies that are most likely to succeed in the specific context in which their implementation is being considered.
The proposed knowledge synthesis method draws inspiration from political science, policy analysis, literature on evidence-informed decision making in public health, literature on evaluation, and theoretical developments related to deliberative processes. Having integrated these various foundational elements, the proposed methodological approach:
- applies an analytical framework that takes into consideration not only the effectiveness of public policies, but also their unintended effects, their effects on equity, and the issues related to their implementation (cost, feasibility, and acceptability); and
- considers a range of quantitative and qualitative data from scientific and non-scientific sources.