Angèle Bilodeau

Fall

Self-Evaluation Tool for Action in Partnership: Translation and Cultural Adaptation of the Original Quebec French Tool to Canadian English

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192-206

Self-Evaluation Tool for Action in Partnership: Translation and Cultural Adaptation of the Original Quebec French Tool to Canadian English

Angèle Bilodeau
Université de Montréal

Gillian Kranias
Health Nexus

Abstract: This article presents the translation and cultural adaptation, into Canadian English, of the Outil diagnostique de l’action en partenariat, a tool widely used to support the practice of partnerships since its creation in French, in Quebec, in 2008. The theoretical foundations and properties of the original tool are presented, followed by a summary of methodological guidelines and a description of the process and results. The methodology involved an expert committee to formulate the English tool and verify its equivalence with the original, and a pretest with target users. Th is rigorous procedure ensures equivalence of the translated tool and its cultural adaptation to the intended users.

Keywords: action in partnership, action network, inter-sectoral action, partnership self-evaluation tool, translation-adaptation of measurement tools

 

Special Issue

Trois conceptions de la nature des programmes: implications pour l'évaluation de programmes complexes en santé publique

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91-104

This article discusses three perspectives on the nature of programs to clarify the purposes of an evaluation. An empirical realist program design views programs as real objects that allow dysfunctional and problematic objects to be repaired. In that view, the purpose of the evaluation is to determine the efficacy of programs to solve problems. An idealist design views both programs and the problems they address as representations, which leads to evaluation intended to reconcile the players' representations. In a critical realist design both programs and problems are events resulting from causal mechanisms activated by the program players. From that perspective, the purpose of the evaluation is to support innovation and program transformation.

Fall

L'innovation sociale, une condition pour accroître la qualité de l'action en partenariat dans le champ de la santé publique

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Pages:
59-88

The effectiveness of participatory planning and partnership practices in the public health field is a neglected issue. While the literature contains a few studies of the meagre results of technocratic practices, we know little about the conditions under participatory approaches may be more likely to succeed. This article presents the results of a comparative study of four cases of participative regional planning in Montreal, focussing on the relation between the processes of participative planning and partnerships and the quality of the results obtained. It analyses the social relations and forms of collaboration between the actors in order to understand the processes leading to different outcomes, in terms of several measures of quality. This form of evaluation can contribute to improving partnership programs, since the results relate the specific dynamics of the participatory process to their degree of success.

Special Issue

Les dispositifs de la participation aux étapes stratégiques de l'évaluation

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257-282

A growing number of tools are now available to enhance the validity and social relevance of knowledge produced through the participatory spaces that program evaluation makes possible. Tools that facilitate a shared understanding of a program and its results are of this nature. However, evaluation teams are generally less equipped to support participation through the strategic processes of planning an evaluation or of redesigning a program based on evaluation results. This article presents social and technical processes that can enhance the participation of actors from the program system in these strategic choices. In addition to the usual tools that support program modeling mechanisms and validation of research results, the instruments presented address the implementation of a participatory space, choice of evaluation questions, assessment of findings, and purposeful deliberation on future program directions. These instruments enhance the social contribution of evaluation by introducing greater rationality in participatory evaluation.