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Supporting the diffusion of healthy public policy in Canada: the Prevention Policies Directory.

Politis CE, Halligan MH, Keen D, Kerner JF - Online J Public Health Inform (2014)

Bottom Line: This information technology solution was implemented, through a participatory engagement approach, as a communication channel or policy knowledge transfer tool.It also addressed the intrinsic shortcomings of environmental scanning for policy surveillance and monitoring.A combination of quantitative web metrics and qualitative anecdotal evidence have illustrated that the Directory is becoming an important tool for healthy public policy surveillance and policy diffusion in Canada.

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Affiliation: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Policy Analyst, Prevention, ON.

ABSTRACT
Healthy public policy plays an essential role in a comprehensive public health approach to preventing cancer and chronic disease. Public policies spread through the 'policy diffusion' process, enabling governments to learn from another's enacted policy solutions. The Prevention Policies Directory (the Directory), an online database of municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal cancer and chronic disease prevention policies from across Canada, was developed to facilitate the diffusion of healthy public policies and support the work of prevention researchers, practitioners, and policy specialists. This information technology solution was implemented, through a participatory engagement approach, as a communication channel or policy knowledge transfer tool. It also addressed the intrinsic shortcomings of environmental scanning for policy surveillance and monitoring. A combination of quantitative web metrics and qualitative anecdotal evidence have illustrated that the Directory is becoming an important tool for healthy public policy surveillance and policy diffusion in Canada.

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The Prevention Policies Directory website landing page, which includesthe search fields to access over 1,700 Canadian cancer and chronicdisease prevention policies.
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f1: The Prevention Policies Directory website landing page, which includesthe search fields to access over 1,700 Canadian cancer and chronicdisease prevention policies.

Mentions: In designing the Directory, the web-based SCLD and the shortcomings of the policyenvironmental scans were instrumental. Internal IT specialists were responsiblefor developing the online user interface for the Directory (Figure 1) that would enable research, practice, and policyspecialists to explore the database by any combination of user-defined keywordsand four search fields: risk factor, policy type, jurisdiction, and geographiclocation. With the Directory positioned as an online resource, following theSCLD model, there was an opportunity to address limitations encountered throughthe environmental scanning approach associated with policy monitoring, primarilythe large investment of time required and the quick obsolescence, through acustom web crawling IT solution. Built by an external IT firm with unique legaland policy expertise, the custom web crawler automated the policy scanningoperation by applying a set of search criteria to find and capture relevantdocuments on, currently fifty, prescribed websites. This allowed policy scanningto occur twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week with no human resourcesrequired, alleviating some of the resource-intensive burden associated withenvironmental scanning. Moreover, the continuous nature of the web crawlerallowed for regular updating of the Directory to prevent content from becomingoutdated.


Supporting the diffusion of healthy public policy in Canada: the Prevention Policies Directory.

Politis CE, Halligan MH, Keen D, Kerner JF - Online J Public Health Inform (2014)

The Prevention Policies Directory website landing page, which includesthe search fields to access over 1,700 Canadian cancer and chronicdisease prevention policies.
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4221084&req=5

f1: The Prevention Policies Directory website landing page, which includesthe search fields to access over 1,700 Canadian cancer and chronicdisease prevention policies.
Mentions: In designing the Directory, the web-based SCLD and the shortcomings of the policyenvironmental scans were instrumental. Internal IT specialists were responsiblefor developing the online user interface for the Directory (Figure 1) that would enable research, practice, and policyspecialists to explore the database by any combination of user-defined keywordsand four search fields: risk factor, policy type, jurisdiction, and geographiclocation. With the Directory positioned as an online resource, following theSCLD model, there was an opportunity to address limitations encountered throughthe environmental scanning approach associated with policy monitoring, primarilythe large investment of time required and the quick obsolescence, through acustom web crawling IT solution. Built by an external IT firm with unique legaland policy expertise, the custom web crawler automated the policy scanningoperation by applying a set of search criteria to find and capture relevantdocuments on, currently fifty, prescribed websites. This allowed policy scanningto occur twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week with no human resourcesrequired, alleviating some of the resource-intensive burden associated withenvironmental scanning. Moreover, the continuous nature of the web crawlerallowed for regular updating of the Directory to prevent content from becomingoutdated.

Bottom Line: This information technology solution was implemented, through a participatory engagement approach, as a communication channel or policy knowledge transfer tool.It also addressed the intrinsic shortcomings of environmental scanning for policy surveillance and monitoring.A combination of quantitative web metrics and qualitative anecdotal evidence have illustrated that the Directory is becoming an important tool for healthy public policy surveillance and policy diffusion in Canada.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Policy Analyst, Prevention, ON.

ABSTRACT
Healthy public policy plays an essential role in a comprehensive public health approach to preventing cancer and chronic disease. Public policies spread through the 'policy diffusion' process, enabling governments to learn from another's enacted policy solutions. The Prevention Policies Directory (the Directory), an online database of municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal cancer and chronic disease prevention policies from across Canada, was developed to facilitate the diffusion of healthy public policies and support the work of prevention researchers, practitioners, and policy specialists. This information technology solution was implemented, through a participatory engagement approach, as a communication channel or policy knowledge transfer tool. It also addressed the intrinsic shortcomings of environmental scanning for policy surveillance and monitoring. A combination of quantitative web metrics and qualitative anecdotal evidence have illustrated that the Directory is becoming an important tool for healthy public policy surveillance and policy diffusion in Canada.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus