Why focus on evaluation for CDP?
The prevalence of chronic disease is on the rise in Ontario (Office of the Auditor General, 2017). The development of evidence-based and effective prevention programs is of the utmost importance; however, prevention of chronic disease is not easy, and exploring CDP requires a complex, multi-disciplinary, and context-sensitive approach. One step on the way to achieving a goal of a strong CDP system in Ontario is building evaluation capacity. When programs are appropriately evaluated, evaluation results can help to drive positive change in CDP programming, which in turn can positively affect population-level outcomes.
What is a learning lab?
A learning lab is an interactive, co-designed, purpose-built team that will develop approaches to building evaluation capacity for chronic disease prevention. Learning labs will involve representation from different PHU staff and CDP partners, who may also lead or co-lead the labs.
The CDP-EvaLL team will be involved in providing coaching, support, and resources for building and rolling out learning lab methods and activities, which will vary based on the topic of each lab.
Different levels of participation will be possible within each lab. The primary work of the learning labs will happen from January to June 2019, followed by consolidation of lessons and tools that may be sustained and built on over time..
What is involved in participating in learning labs?
There are various levels of involvement, depending on your PHU’s time, interest, and resources. These types of participation may include:
- Leading and designing learning labs
- Those with interest and/or expertise in one of the learning labs may wish to become involved in leading and helping to establish this LL. This level of engagement would involve helping to determine LL methods, processes, and procedures.
- Participating in learning labs
- Some people may prefer to take a co-learner role in the LLs. If you have an interest in an LL (or multiple LLs), you may wish to be a participant. This level of engagement would involve attending meetings (if that is amongst the modes of learning selected), collaborating with other LL participants on projects within the LL, and other activities in which you specialize or wish to learn more.
- Receiving updates and resources
- If you are generally interested in the topic but do not have the time or capacity to become involved, you may wish to be a recipient of resources and updates as the labs roll out and progress.
What are the benefits of participating in learning labs?
There are many benefits to participating in learning labs!
- Improve staff knowledge and skills across your PHU to ensure that evaluation capacity is not centralized in one area or one group of people.
- Collaborate with other PHUs and CDP partners through the development of information-sharing systems.
- Gain knowledge, tools, and resources to align your PHU’s priorities with the new Ontario Public Health Standards, especially for areas such as health equity and evidence-based practices.
- Learn how to identify indicators for long-term outcomes, which is particularly important for CDP and as PHUs shift to upstream approaches.
Where can I get more information about CDP-EvaLL?
To learn more about CDP-EvaLL or to get involved in the learning labs, please email Lisa Stockton.