Volume 31, 2016 - Fall

Editor's Remarks / Un mot du rédacteur

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v-vi

What articles come together in a regular issue of CJPE is simply a function of which of the submitted articles has completed review and revision process at a given point in time. [...]

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La production de la théorie du programme dans le cadre d’une évaluation participative: une étude de cas

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137-164

Program Theory is an evaluation approach used to better define the intervention to be assessed, deepen comprehension of the processes used in implementation, identify its effects and the mechanisms at work in its production, improve use of evaluation results and finally improve the program. Despite the importance of the theory, there is a lack of scientific papers illustrating the instrumentation of program theory production within the specific framework of a participatory evaluation where every stakeholder affected by the intervention is actively involved in each step of the evaluation process. Through the application of the method to a case study, it is possible to describe the construction process of program theory, its conceptual basis, its steps, the techniques used, its results and its main issues.

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Measuring Evaluation Capacity in Ontario Public Health Units

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165-183

This article presents a study of organizational capacity to do and use evaluation, conducted in 32 public health units in the province of Ontario. Methods include an organizational self-assessment using an instrument developed by Bourgeois, Toews, Whynot, and Lamarche (2013) as well as key informant interviews. Overall, our findings point to the fact that evaluation capacity is still developing in Ontario public health units; factors that support evaluation capacity in these organizations include the presence of an organization-wide evaluation policy, the availability of full-time evaluation staff in a supporting role, greater staff involvement in evaluation, and a standardized evaluation process. These findings highlight the importance of organizational structures and systems to evaluation utilization and provide potential areas of improvement for organizations wishing to improve their evaluation capacity.

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Création de connaissances organisationnelles à la suite d’une intervention de développement professionnel en Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) : une évaluation des laboratoires de promotion de la santé

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184-210

This article deals with the Health Promotion Laboratory, a professional development program designed for local public health teams. Building on Nonaka’s model, the study examines organisational knowledge creation in three sites and analyzes the factors involved. The results show significant externalization and noticeable  combination in the three sites. The availability of diffusion tools, the transmission of  knowledge inherent to the laboratory and the adequacy of resources appear as factors  influencing externalization. Participants’ learning capacity stands out as the main  organizational factor facilitating combination.

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Étude d’évaluabilité d’une intervention visant à prévenir l’usage de substances psychoactives lors de la transition primaire-secondaire

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211-231

This article reports on the evaluability assessment (EA) of a program to prevent substance use among young people transitioning from primary to secondary school. Termed Network Intervention (NI), the program is implemented among fifth- and sixth-grade students from five primary schools within a single school board in Quebec. Drawing from qualitative data gathered via interviews, meeting notes and the patient navigator’s logbook, the study allowed a better understanding of the program and its logic model, a tool necessary for the coming evaluation activities. The EA has proven useful not only for the evaluation team but also for the initiators of the program and those involved in the implementation. Recommendations are made to better conduct the process of an EA.

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Canada's National Alcohol Strategy: It's Time to Assess Progress

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232-241

This evaluation practice note describes the current state of a monitoring framework developed to help evaluate the implementation of Canada's National Alcohol Strategy (NAS). The note presents the method chosen to assess whether the NAS is effective in promoting moderation and reducing the overall harm from alcohol. The discussion focuses on current challenges associated with this monitoring framework, as well as the project's achievements so far. The evaluation system based on the monitoring framework should lead to more informed discussions among alcohol stakeholders about developing a culture of moderation in Canada.

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Evaluating System Change Initiatives: Advancing the Need for Adapting Evaluation Practices

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242-252

This article describes key challenges experienced and addressed during the evaluation of the Government of Alberta's 10-Year Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Plan (2007–2017). The purpose was to understand how the strategic plan was progressing toward outcomes at the fifth year of its implementation. Following a description of the system change initiative and evaluation context, an account of key challenges for one outcome is presented, including attempts to address and the effects on the evaluation. The implications for evaluation practice focused on encouraging evaluation participation and enhancing usefulness of data highlight the need for infrastructure to support evaluation of system change initiatives.

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L'analyse de données secondaires dans le cadre d'évaluation de programme: regard théorique et expérientiel

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253-261

The secondary data analysis (SDA) is a method used to access potentially useful data to carry out a program evaluation process. Current technology enables building and querying large databases more easily. Nevertheless, we note that SDA is still poorly documented from a theoretical point of view and there are few practical proposals to run a successful SDA. This article aims, on the one hand, to present the main theoretical foundations of SDA and, on the other hand, to make recommendations to facilitate the implementation of SDA.

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Book Review: Kenneth Bush and Colleen Duggan (eds.). (2015). Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

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262-264

Book Review: Kenneth Bush and Colleen Duggan (eds.). (2015). Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 348 pages. ISBN 978-9351503941.

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Book Review: Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range (eds.). (2014). Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9789351500278.

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265-267

Book Review: Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range (eds.). (2014). Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9789351500278.

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Book Review: Katya Drozdova and Kurt Taylor Gaubatz. (2017). Quantifying the Qualitative: Information Theory for Comparative Case Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 161 pages. ISBN 978-1-4833-9247-9.

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268-270

Book Review: Katya Drozdova and Kurt Taylor Gaubatz. (2017). Quantifying the Qualitative: Information Theory for Comparative Case Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 161 pages. ISBN 978-1-4833-9247-9.

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