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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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.

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