Evaluating Planning Bodies: Some First Steps from the District Health Council System

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The sixteen district health councils (DHCs) in Ontario are mandated to provide advice to the Minister of Health on the health needs of residents in their respective districts. Like much of the broader public service, in recent years DHCs have come under increased pressure to prove their value. This practice note reviews the evaluation efforts of a small rural DHC and discusses some of the challenges facing the DHC system as a whole as it struggles to become more accountable.

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