The Realist approach suggests a way to grasp the complexity of social interventions, through questioning what works, for whom, and under what circumstances. We present here some challenges and discussion on the use of this methodological innovation, based on an analysis of our own experience and an examination of the scientific literature. Although the Realist approach seems The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation Vol. 26 No.
La méthode de cartographie conceptuelle pour identifier les priorités de recherche sur le transfert des conaissances en santé des populations: quelques enjeux méthodologiques
This article discusses methodological issues in the use of the concept mapping technique in a study that identifies research priorities for perspectives on knowledge transfer in the field of population health. This method proved appropriate, and the results produced clearly identify research priorities from the viewpoint of both research and practice. We propose a critical analysis of methodological issues in the use of this technique to facilitate potential replication. Solutions are proposed to reduce obstacles encountered at each step of the procedure.
Le magicien du temps: approche participative axée sur le développement d'un projet et l'utilisation des résultats d'une évaluation
A community organization in rural Québec, together with various inter-sectoral partners, wanted to make it possible for families to take their destiny into their own hands and improve their quality of life, in particular, their children's quality of life.
For many years, numerous attempts have been made to define empowerment, to identify its processes, and to suggest translations. Recently the debate has focussed on the complexity raised by its measurement and evaluation. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the contribution of Ninacs's framework (2002) in evaluating empowerment, by presenting its application to the evaluation of a health promotion program in Haiti.
Introduction du rédacteur invité (Segment thématique : Programmes communautaires et innovations méthodologiques : participation, accompagnement, et empowerment)
Due to the diversity of practices in participatory evaluation, it is not always easy to teach or practice this evaluation approach. This article aims to provide a preliminary attempt to validate the Weaver and Cousins (2005) framework in order to characterize three forms of participatory evaluation (stakeholder-based, practical, empowerment).
Participation is often essential for successfully appropriating the results of an evaluation. Afghanistan has been a country at war since 1979, and its successive governments have left the entire public health system in the hands of international aid agencies. Having experienced and evaluated an implementation of financing mechanisms for health services, we analyze how, in a context of international emergency aid, a pluralist approach was possible, and observe the appropriation of results. The objective of this article is to identify facilitating factors of such an approach.