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Example 19 - Evaluating synergy: Falls prevention and the elderly project Print E-mail
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Ontario Public Health PractionersHow were synergies assessed?

One way we monitored project implementation and spin-offs was by creating a special project role, the “field anthropologist.” The field anthropologists joined our teams as non-participant observers. They attended meetings of the intervention team where implementation challenges were discussed in detail and tailored adjustments to respond to them were introduced. Their field notes, along with debriefing interviews by team members, provided rich descriptions of implementation which yielded new theoretical insights on pathways for change and conditions required for sustained impact (Edwards and Moyer, In review)

Formal long-term partnerships between several academic departments in our university and the regional health department provided an essential base for identifying spin-offs from and examining the sustainability of fall-prevention initiatives. The partnership gives us many ways to stay connected with the public health agency, including seconding public health staff to intervention research projects, joint development of regional programs, consultation on provincial programs, participation in a regional fall-prevention coalition, and contributions to efforts to change building codes. Because the link between our team and decision makers in the health department is long-standing and involves more than one research project, we’ve been able to follow the longer-term impact of fall-prevention initiatives and to examine how the issue has gradually found its way onto provincial and national policy agendas.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 07:48