Kim Lamers-Bellio

Special Issue

Common measures to advance the science and practice of population intervention for chronic disease prevention: The promise and two early experiences in tobaco control

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39-59

Pertinent evidence to inform population interventions for chronic disease prevention is sparse. The use of common measures across multiple jurisdictions is a promising approach to study "natural experiments" that can dually advance research/knowledge development and evaluation/practice improvement for population intervention. Early experiences with provincial tobacco control strategies and North American quitlines reveal the importance of (a) sustained collaboration across research, evaluation, policy, and practice communities; (b) honouring different perspectives; and (c) stable institutional support for the creation and implementation of common measures. The promise of common measures will be better understood as mature examples of their use are explored.

Advocacy Evaluation Theory as a Tool for Strategic Conversation: A 25-year Review of Tobacco Control Advocacy at the Canadian Cancer Society

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125-138

Advocacy evaluation has been considered difficult, even in specific and uncomplicated situations. This article describes a short evaluative review of a series of tobacco control policy advocacy activities involving multiple parties over 25 years. Despite its obvious limitations, the effort suggests that the retrospective development of a structured contribution analysis and "key event" stories from documentary and key informant information can generate compelling circumstantial evidence for impact. Perhaps more importantly, the study was found to provide what appear to be valuable insights and lessons for the planning and management of future advocacy initiatives.