Creating a burden of evidence to consider the impact of Health in All Policies: A program logic approach

Toni Delany, Frances Baum, Angela Lawless, Colin MacDougall, Liz Harris, Dennis McDermott

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    Abstract

    An important part of government efforts to address the social determinants of health is encouraging healthy public policy. To facilitate this, the South Australian (SA) Government has adopted a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach. The approach was implemented in 2008 and is now being evaluated through research funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

    Throughout this paper we draw on a case study to show how we are building a ‘burden of evidence’ that supports logically coherent chains of relations between HiAP activities and the intended outcomes. The case study is based on a project that HiAP staff in SA have undertaken with the education sector to increase parental engagement in children’s literacy among lower SES families. We have developed a program logic model to explain how activities undertaken during the project contribute to the short term objective of increasing parental engagement in literacy, and also how these activities link with broader public health evidence that demonstrates connections between literacy and health outcomes. The paper details the activities, processes and actors involved in the project, and highlights how these comprise essential components of implementing HiAP in a way that supports the underlying theory of change.

    This paper contributes theory and empirical evidence that can inform political debate about how the impact of government efforts to address the social determinants of health may be evaluated. The work also provides insight into how integrated and coordinated efforts are achieved across government and how the effectiveness of these efforts in progressing shared goals, and achieving sustainable change, can be assessed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Political Science Association World Congress
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventIPSA: AISP 23rd Political Science Conference: Challenges of Contemporary Governance -
    Duration: 19 Jul 2014 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceIPSA: AISP 23rd Political Science Conference: Challenges of Contemporary Governance
    Period19/07/14 → …

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    Delany, T., Baum, F., Lawless, A., MacDougall, C., Harris, L., & McDermott, D. (2014). Creating a burden of evidence to consider the impact of Health in All Policies: A program logic approach. In International Political Science Association World Congress