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Early in the MIP Tool Kit development process, we had envisioned the testing of the tool with public health practitioners as an integral and necessary step. Testing occurred in two ways:
  1. Usability assessment focusing on technical aspects and clarity;
  2. Pilot test the MIP Tool Kit with a team of health practitioners during program planning

Usability Assessment: The instructional design team at the University of Ottawa focus-tested the usability of the Tool Kit in May 2008 with public health practitioners during one session. As a spin-off from this activity, one of the participants who supervises the reproductive health team at Ottawa Public Health (OPH) became interested in introducing the tool for program planning with her team.

Pilot Test: An Advisory Committee (AC) was struck in October 2008 consisting of the reproductive health team supervisor, two representatives from the Health Unit's Evaluation Unit, and two of the authors of the MIP Tool Kit representing the Community Health Research Unit. The AC approved the key objectives, a workplan, and the proposed methods for pilot testing the MIP Tool Kit. An Ethics Proposal for the pilot testing of the Tool Kit was submitted and approved by OPH's Research Ethics Board.

The start of the program planning process was to coincide with the roll-out of the new Ontario Public Health Standards in late November of 2008. Consequently, we were hoping to also assess whether the MIP Tool Kit was useful in assisting users with implementing the new standards. Since this team needed to conduct a new planning process in January, 2009 in order to make sure their programming and evaluation plans were consistent with the new standards, the first pilot session occurred in early January 2009.